Ten houses in al-Anbareya village in Sohag Governorate were set ablaze Wednesday evening after strong winds and sandstorms felled an electric wire, which ignited the dry grass below.
No casualties were reported.
A report about the accident was submitted to Major General Bakry al-Soufy, the deputy chief of Sohag security. Twelve fire engines responded to the blaze and were able to control it before it reached other houses.
The fire started near the home of Farid Abdel Naeem, 47, and then spread to nine other homes, gutting them and destroying crops and hay.
Translated from Al-Masry Al-Youm