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Blaze rips through Cairo convention hall, 16 injured

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At least 16 people were injured on Wednesday when a large fire broke out at a convention hall in a northeastern Cairo neighborhood, medical and security sources said.

The cause of the fire was not immediately clear, and the security sources said firefighters had not yet been able to extinguish the blaze.

An Interior Ministry security source cited by state news agency MENA said the fire had reached the main hall.

Health Ministry spokesman Dr Hossam Abdel Ghaffar said 16 people wounded in the fire were being treated at the scene or have been transported to hospital.

Dark plumes of smoke rose above the building near a busy highway in the Nasr City district, and dozens of emergency vehicles were at the scene. The convention hall regularly hosts conferences, expositions and concerts