Show will go on after El Gouna Film Festival site blaze in Egypt

Show will go on after El Gouna Film Festival site blaze in Egypt
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(Top) The El Gouna main hall (Bottom) The main hall engulfed in flames.
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The fire was eventually brought under control. (Supplied)
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The fire was eventually brought under control. (Supplied)
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The fire was eventually brought under control. (Supplied)
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Updated 13 October 2021

Show will go on after El Gouna Film Festival site blaze in Egypt

Show will go on after El Gouna Film Festival site blaze in Egypt

DUBAI/ CAIRO: The fifth edition of the El Gouna Film Festival in Egypt will proceed as planned, organizers said Wednesday, after a blaze ripped through the site's main hall just one day before the event was set to kick off.

“GFF extends its gratitude to the Civil Defense Forces and the Red Sea Governorate for their immense help in extinguishing the fire that took place earlier this morning in one section of the Festival Plaza. It’s important to note that the 5th edition of GFF will proceed as planned,” read a statement from the Chairman of Orascom Development Holding Samih Sawiris.

Sawiris said in an Instagram Story, recorded by a celebrity photographer known as Rashad Studios, that the fire was a result of a short circuit in one of the stores near the main venue.

Images shared on social media earlier in the day show the structure engulfed in flames.

The fifth edition of the film festival is set to take place in the resort town from Oct. 14-22 after being postponed by a month last year due to COVID-19.

No injuries have been reported.

This is a developing story.