Fire at construction site at Grand Egyptian Museum: no casualties, no damages

30-04-2018 12:06 AM

Amany Ayed

A fire that erupted this morning, Sunday 29 April 2018 at a construction site at the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) on the Pyramids Plateau in Giza, was extinguished an hour after it started. The site included scaffolding and timbre, which was where the fire blazed.

According to the Ministry of Antiquities, no one was hurt and no artefacts were damaged by the fire.

Minister of Antiquities Khaled al-Anani, and Cairo Governor Atef Abdel-Hamid hastened to inspect the scene. An investigation has been launched to determine the cause of the blaze.

The GEM is currently under construction; a partial opening is planned later this year. It will house antiquities from ancient Egypt, including the famous Tutankhamun collection, and many that are currently held at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo’s Tahrir Square.

Watani International

29 April 2018

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