Kids among at least 41 killed in horror Sunday service church fire

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On Sun, 14 Aug, 2022 16:39 | < 1 min read
Kids among at least 41 killed in horror Sunday service church fire
A church on fire. PHOTO/Courtesy.

At least 41 people including kids have died after a huge blaze erupted at a church during a service.

It's feared many of the victims are children and the death toll could rise as some 45 people have also been left injured after flames tore through the Abu Seifeng Church in Egypt.

It's reported the congregation had just finished prayer when the blaze broke out - causing a stampede as panicked church-goers rushed to evacuate.

Dozens of ambulances were rushed to the scene in Imbaba, Giza, as firefighters battled to extinguish the raging flames.

At least 41 people have died, according to Egypt's Coptic Church.

According to local media, many of the casualties are thought to be children as there is a nursery inside the church.

Shocking pictures show the horrific aftermath of the blaze, with the inside of the church completely burnt.

Yasir Munir, a worshipper at the church, told of the chaotic scenes as people frantically tried to get out.

He said: "People were gathering on the third and fourth floor, and we saw smoke coming from the second floor.

"People rushed to go down the stairs and stared falling on top of each other.

Electrical fires of this kind are not a rare occurrence in Egypt; in late 2020, a fire at a hospital treating COVID-19 patients killed at least seven people and injured several others.

"I offer my sincere condolences to the families of the innocent victims that have passed on to be with their Lord in one of his houses of worship," said Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in a tweet.

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