Cairo governor forms two committees to investigate fire aboard Nile cruise boat

Ahram Online , Sunday 8 Aug 2021

Civil protection units extinguished the fire just west of the Egyptian capital, and stated that no casualties have been reported

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A fire that erupted Sunday on a luxurious Nile cruise boat near the upscale Zamalek district was brought under control. Al-Ahram

Cairo Governor Khaled Abel-Aal ordered the formation of two committees to investigate the causes of a fire that erupted Sunday on a luxurious Nile cruise boat near the upscale Zamalek district.

Civil protection units extinguished the fire just west of the Egyptian capital, and stated that no casualties have been reported.

The first of the two committees will focus on technical issues and will include representatives from civil protection, water resources, water police and industrial security to investigate existing precautions used aboard the cruise, the governorate said in a statement.

The second committee will be concerned with disclosing the causes of the fire.

The fire erupted at a restaurant in the boat's second floor and extended to the ground floor, according to security sources. The sources did not provide further details on the number of people aboard the boat.

The governorate in its statement said firefighters from Cairo's civil protection were immediately sent to the incident site after the fire had been reported to help in extinguishing the blaze.

Nile cruises in Egypt are a major tourist attraction and a key revenue earner.

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