Obour City’s industrial zone witnessed a tragic fire on Thursday that broke out in a clothing factory, killing 20 workers and wounding 24 others.
Firefighters were able to contain the fire before it spread to the surrounding area.
The fire lasted for three hours, with multiple fire trucks and 15 ambulances from Cairo, Qaliubiya and Sharqiya governorates rushing to the scene to help.
A report on the incident was filed, and investigators examined the site of the fire to find out its causes, list the damages and losses, and authorize the burial of the dead.
The inspection revealed that the factory is located on an area of 1500 square meters, consists of four floors, is owned by Abu al-Saud Fahmy, and produces ready-made clothes.
The initial inspection revealed that the cause of the fire was an explosion of chemical gases in the factory’s store. The dead included 14 men, and six women.
Obour City Authority head Ahmed Omran said that the factory does not fall under the authority, but rather the industrial zone and the Industrial Development Authority, which is responsible for licensing and inspecting factories.