Fire destroys offices at South Cairo Criminal Court

Ahram Online, MENA, Thursday 4 Apr 2013

Prosecution offices at Cairo court destroyed by fire on Thursday morning; 35 fire engines called to the scene

People look on as firefighters put out a fire at one of Egypt's criminal courts in central Cairo (Photo: Reuters)

A fire has severely damaged the prosecution offices at the South Cairo Criminal Court in Bab El-Khalq.

The fire, which broke out early on Thursday morning, destroyed everything inside and caused the ceiling to collapse, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reports.

Thirty-five fire engines were called to the scene and the blaze was extinguished before it spread to other floors in the court building.

The prosecutor-general has ordered an investigation.

On 11 March, a fire erupted at the Administrative Control Authority (ACA) headquarters in Cairo's Nasr City. It reportedly broke out on the tenth floor of the building.

Ten fire engines mobilised to put out the blaze.

The ACA is the main watchdog of the Egyptian government, responsible for tackling government corruption and monitoring its performance, and the building is thought to contain critical documents related to major corruption cases.

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