Egypt denies fire broke out at Karnak temple

The Karnak Temple complex comprises a vast mix of decayed temples, chapels, pylons, and other buildings. (Courtesy photo of Youm7)

Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities Mohammed Ibrahim denied earlier media reports that a fire broke out inside the Temple of Karnak in Luxor, asserting that what happened was a limited fire in some plants in the open ground outside the temple.

Minister Ibrahim added that the fire was extinguished immediately and that about 60 tourists from different nationalities were visiting the temple.

The minister appealed for media accuracy especially when it comes to reporting on highly important sectors for Egypt such as Tourism.

Earlier, Egypt’s Youm7 news website reported that a fire broke out at the temple, adding that civil defense forces were deployed to extinguish the fire. The website also reported that an investigation was opened into the matter.

Last Update: Thursday, 14 February 2013 KSA 12:20 - GMT 09:20