CAIRO (AP) — At least 41 people were killed and 14 injured in a fire at a Cairo church on Sunday, the Egyptian Coptic Church said.
The flames swept through the Abu Sefein church in the populous Imbaba neighborhood, the church said, attributing the death toll to health sources.
At first the cause of the fire was unknown. The police indicated that the preliminary investigation pointed to a short circuit.
President Abdul Fatah el Sisi spoke by phone with Coptic Pope Tawadros II to offer his condolences, according to the president’s office.
Copts make up around 10% of the population in Egypt, where there is a Muslim majority.