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Church’s Middle East presidency offers condolences after Coptic church fire in Egypt

The Sunday, Aug. 14, fire in Giza, Egypt, claimed 41 lives, including 15 children

Emergency personnel work at the site of a fire at the Abu Sifin church that has killed over 40 people and injured at least 14 others.

Emergency personnel work at the site of a fire at the Abu Sifin church that has killed over 40 people and injured at least 14 others, in the densely populated neighborhood of Imbaba, Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022. The church said the fire broke out while a service was underway. The cause of the blaze was not immediately known but police said an initial investigation blamed an electrical short-circuit.

Mohamed Sala, Associated Press


In the wake of the tragic fire that killed 41 worshippers at a packed Coptic Orthodox church Sunday, Aug. 14, in Egypt, the Middle East/Africa North Area presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has released a statement of condolences.

“We are saddened by the heartbreaking fire at the Coptic Abu Sifin church in Giza, Egypt,” wrote Elder Anthony D. Perkins, area president, and his counselors, Elder Alvin F. Meredith III and Elder Roland J. Bäck, in a statement shared on the Church’s Middle East Newsroom.

“We offer our sincere condolences to the families of the deceased and join with friends around the world to pray that everyone impacted by this tragedy will be blessed with comfort.”

Believed to be caused by an electrical short circuit, the fire swept through the four-story building during Sunday morning services, filling the church with thick black smoke and intense flames, according to news reports. The 41 deaths included 15 children; 16 more people were injured, including four police officers involved in rescue efforts.

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