S Sudanese President Kiir survives fire

Ahram Online , Saturday 11 Feb 2012

The President Kiir of the newly-formed state, South Sudan, was whisked to a safer location when his office and residence were consumed in a blaze

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir (Photo:Reuters)

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir escaped death after a huge fire set his official residence in the capital Juba ablaze on Friday.

National authorities, in coordination with presidential guards, rushed to evacuate the building and take President Kiir to safer headquarters, according to a South Sudanese newspaper.

Thousands of curious citizens surrounded the residence as the blazes consumed Kiir's office and two tanks were completely demolished in the fire.

Preliminary evidence from an official investigation by national authorities reveals a cigarette as the principal cause of fire; no human casualties were reported. 

South Sudan seceded from the original state, Sudan, on 9 July, 2011. They've faced violent attacks along the contentious oil-grounds of their border region.

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