Official: Egypt Science Institute intact despite fire

Nevine El-Aref , Tuesday 20 Dec 2011

Two-storey institute remains intact following weekend fire and nearby political violence; Restoration work to begin shortly

the institute

Following an inspection of the Egyptian Science Institute in downtown Cairo, an archaeological committee led by Mohsen Sayed, head of Islamic and Coptic antiquities, announced that, although the building had been subject to considerable damage, its overall structure remained intact.

Egypt’s minister of state for antiquities said that, according to official reports, the two-storey institute had been partially damaged by fire that had led to the collapse of its first- and second-floor ceilings, as well as the destruction of its wooden windows and arcades.

Sayed told Ahram Online that all of the building’s internal walls had been destroyed but stressed that its supporting walls were still well preserved. Restoration work will begin as soon as the tense political situation in the area is brought under control, he added.

The institute was set on fire this weekend amid ongoing protests against military rule in front of the Cabinet building in downtown Cairo. Those responsible remain unidentified, with the military junta and protesters accusing each other of starting the fire.

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