Egypt’s Administrative Prosecution Authority ordered, on Monday, an investigation into a massive fire that erupted at a shoe store in a building in Giza.
The prosecution is currently investigating the safety measures and possible violations in the building where the store is located. It is also looking into those responsible for the store in all administrative authorities.
The building’s owner was arrested on Sunday, and faces charges of building without a permit. The shoe store owner was also apprehended.
A massive fire broke out at a shoe and leather store in a building located near the Ring Road in the Giza district of Faysal, on Saturday. No civilian injuries have been reported in the incident.
The Civil Protection Forces rushed to the scene to extinguish the fire, which had lasted for about 14 hours. Investigations revealed that, after the Civil Protection Authority put the fire out, the building caught fire again, causing parts of the store’s ceiling to collapse, local media reported.
The building includes a store for shoes, leather, and highly flammable materials, a source with the Giza Governorate office told Al Shorouk.
Early on Sunday, Giza Governor Ahmed Rashed inspected the efforts by Egypt’s Civil Protection Authority at the scene, and ordered the evacuation of nearby buildings for the safety of residents.
Security forces, that were part of the efforts to extinguish the fire, cordoned off the area to prevent it from spreading to other buildings. Several water tanks and eight fire engines were immediately dispatched to the scene to control the fire.