77 injured in fire in central Cairo

Cairo, May 9 (IANS) At least 77 people suffered from smoke inhalation when a massive fire broke out on Monday in an old hotel in the busy central Cairo neighborhood of al-Ataba and spread quickly to a nearby market.

The spokesman for the Egyptian ministry of health, Khalid Mujahid, told EFE that 36 of the injured were taken to hospital, while the rest received treatment on the spot.

The fire started in a six-storey hotel, which was evacuated and cordoned off, security officials told EFE.

Rescue teams managed to control the fire, while security forces were yet to determine the cause of the fire.

–IANS

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