A fire that broke out in a juvenile penal facility in the Egyptian capital Cairo has killed 6 children and injured 19 others, security and judicial officials said Friday.
The fire broke out yesterday evening, Thursday, in one of the establishment’s wings located in the Marg district, east of Cairo.
According to local newspapers, the victims, aged between 12 and 18, died from severe burns, not from suffocation.
According to press reports, preliminary investigations by the Public Prosecution showed that the fire was caused by an electrical short in a water heater inside the ward where the children are being held.
She added that the supervisor of the ward had closed the door on the children minutes before the fire, and that they could not get out when the fire broke out.