6 children die in Egypt’s reformatory blaze

Cairo: Six children were killed and 25 others injured in a fire that swept through a government-run reform centre for underage offenders in Cairo, security sources said.

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The blaze was sparked Thursday night by an electric kettle that then hit a television set before blankets caught fire in the ward where children were kept, in the area of Al Marj on Cairo’s outskirts.

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Preliminary investigations blamed the blaze on an electric fault, they added.

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Police arrested a supervisor at the institute on suspicion of negligence for having locked up a ward where the blaze erupted, causing casualties among the children, a source said.

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Firefighters managed to extinguish the blaze as prosecutors started an investigation into the incident.

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