Fire erupts at Egypt film festival day before opening

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A fire erupted Wednesday at the site of a film festival on Egypt’s Red Sea coast, briefly threatening its cancellation before being brought under control, officials said. The blaze “damaged a small part of the main pavilion” of El Gouna Film Festival just a day before its scheduled opening. Fifteen people who suffered smoke inhalation were rushed to hospital for treatment, a civil defence force official said. The brainchild of property mogul Samih Sawiris, one of Africa’s richest men, the festival has attracted Hollywood stars including Forest Whitaker and Owen Wilson in previous editions. “By…

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