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Fire at Egyptian juvenile detention centre kills at least 6

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A fire at an Egyptian juvenile detention centre in Egypt has killed at least six teenagers, and left 20 others with injuries, Egyptian officials have confirmed. The cause of the fire, which broke out last Thursday, is yet to be found.

Early reports have suggested that an electric short-circuit may have caused a fire to break out on a wing in the facility.

The facility, which is based in Al-Marg district on Cairo’s northeastern outskirts, houses around 200 girls aged between 14 and 17.

The fire broke out in a district in the north of Cairo

Local news outlet Masrawy confirmed that fire trucks and ambulances were dispatched to the scene, where the blaze was brought under control by civil-defence workers.

As investigations continue to find the cause of the fire, the head of the detention centre has been detained by Egyptian officials. Building fires are common within Egypt, with many buildings in poor condition and lack of adequate fire protection increasing deadly fires in the country.