Firefighters extinguish blaze on scaffolding at Grand Egyptian Museum

Nevine El-Aref , Sunday 29 Apr 2018

The fire at the GEM construction site was quickly brought under control, with no casualties and no damage to the museum buildings

Part of the under-construction building has turned coal black, yet the fire was put out relatively quickly. (Photo: Nevine El-Aref)

Firefighters extinguished a blaze on Sunday on the scaffolding outside the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) overlooking the Giza Plateau.

The fire was quickly extinguished, according to eyewitnesses, with no casualties reported and no damage to the museum itself.

The GEM is currently under construction, with scaffolding positioned outside several buildings.

The Ministry of Antiquities is to publish a detailed report on the causes of the blaze and the successful response of emergency services.

The GEM is being built to house antiquities from Ancient Egypt, including many items currently held at the Egytian Museum in Cairo's Tahrir Square.

Construction is ongoing, with a partial opening planned for later this year.



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