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Fire Breaks Out at Building Site of New Egyptian Museum

Mon April 30, 2018 - National Edition
The Associated Press


Firefighters extinguished the fire, which consumed wooden scaffolding at the construction site of the new Grand Egyptian Museum, located near the famed pyramids of Giza just outside Cairo, the ministry said in a statement.
Firefighters extinguished the fire, which consumed wooden scaffolding at the construction site of the new Grand Egyptian Museum, located near the famed pyramids of Giza just outside Cairo, the ministry said in a statement.

CAIRO (AP) — A fire broke out on April 29 at the building site of the new Egyptian museum — the future site of some of the country's most unique and precious artifacts — but caused no significant damage or injuries, Egypt's Antiquities Ministry said.

Firefighters extinguished the fire, which consumed wooden scaffolding at the construction site of the new Grand Egyptian Museum, located near the famed pyramids of Giza just outside Cairo, the ministry said in a statement.

It said there were no causalities or damage to artifacts in the museum.

Footage circulating on social media showed flames and plumes of thick black smoke rising over the entrance of the museum.

The museum covers about 586,120 sq. yds. and will house some of Egypt's most unique and precious artifacts, including many belonging to the famed boy King Tutankhamun.

In January 2018, Egypt placed the ancient statue of one of its most famous pharaohs, Ramses II, in the entrance hall of the museum.

Egypt hopes the inauguration of the new museum, along with a string of recent discoveries, will help spur a vital tourism industry that has been reeling from the political turmoil that engulfed Egypt following the 2011 popular uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak.