Cairo, February 1: A fire broke out Wednesday at a hospital in the Egyptian capital of Cairo, killing at least three people and injuring at least 32 others, health authorities said.

The Health Ministry said the fire took place at the Noor Mohammadi hospital in eastern Cairo's Matariya neighbourhood. The facility is run by a charity. Cambodia Fire: Massive Blaze Erupts in Grand Diamond City Casino Hotel in Poipet Town; 10 Killed, 30 Others Injured (Watch Video).

The ministry said in a statement that flames broke out at the hospital's radiology department without elaborating on what caused it. Provincial authorities said firefighters were able to put out the blaze.

Health Minister Khaled Abdel Ghaffar said the injured patients suffered from burns, fractures and smoke inhalation. They were transferred to other hospitals in Cairo. He said the causality tally was a preliminary one, suggesting it could increase. China Fire: 36 Killed, 2 Missing After Blaze Erupts at a Plant in Henan Province (Watch Video).

Safety standards and fire regulations are poorly enforced in Egypt and have been linked to many deaths. A 2020 fire at an intensive care unit at a private hospital in Cairo killed seven coronavirus patients.

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