Fire at Coptic church in Cairo kills at least 41, hurts 14

Egypt’s Coptic Church says a fire at a Cairo church Sunday has killed at least 41 people and injured at least 14 others.

The Church, citing health officials for the casualty toll, said the blaze ripped through the Abu Sefein church in densely populated neighborhood of Imbaba.

The cause of the blaze was not immediately known. Police said an initial investigation blamed an electrical short-circuit. Heavy smoke is said to be the cause behind the rising death toll.

The statement said the fire broke out while congregation was underway Sunday morning. Coptic Christians make up about 10% of Egypt’s primarily Muslim population.

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