Greek Foreign Ministry offers condolences after deadly Egyptian church fire

The Greek Foreign Ministry has offered its condolences after a fire broke out at a church in Giza, Egypt, where at least 41 people were killed, including at least 10 children, on Sunday.

The fire engulfed a crowded Coptic Orthodox church during morning services in the Egyptian capital just before 9am.

As many as 16 people were injured, including four police officers involved in the rescue effort.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known. Photo: Getty Images.

The cause of the fire, which produced huge amounts of smoke in Abu Sefein Church in Imbaba district, was not immediately known.

According to a police statement, an initial investigation reported an electrical short circuit.

In a report, The Greek Foreign Ministry said it was “deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life in a fire at a church in Giza, Egypt.”

“Our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and our wishes for a speedy recovery to the injured,” the ministry said.

“At this difficult time, Greece stands in full solidarity with our close friends, the Egyptian people and government.”

Sunday’s fire was one of the worst dramas in recent years in a country where safety standards and fire regulations are poorly enforced.

Source: ABC News.