Paris fire: Eight dead and many injured at apartment block


Somalilandsun:Media captionThe fire was brought under control in the early hours of Tuesday morning
Eight people have died in a fire at an eight-storey building in south-western Paris, fire service officials say.
Nearly 30 people – including six firefighters – were injured. One person is in a serious condition.
It is not clear what caused the blaze in the upmarket 16th arrondissement, near the Parc des Princes soccer stadium.
The Paris prosecutor says it may have been deliberately started. Police have detained a female suspect.
While the fire was raging, a police source says she was suspected of trying to set fire to a car parked nearby. The suspect, who lived in the building, was reportedly drunk and is said to have justified her actions as the result of a conflict with a neighbour.

The death toll could still increase, a fire service spokesman told the AFP news agency.
‘Apocalyptic situation’
The fire spread across the two floors of the 1970s building shortly after 01:00 (00:00 GMT), forcing some residents to scramble on to nearby rooftops to escape the flames and smoke.
About 250 firefighters were deployed to the scene not far from the Bois de Boulogne park, helping to rescue those trapped on the roofs. Approximately 30 people were evacuated with ladders.
“When we arrived, we were faced with an apocalyptic situation. Lots of people were calling for help from the windows”, the spokesman said.
A fire engine at the scene of the blaze in Paris, France. Photo: 5 February 2019Image copyrightAFP/GETTY IMAGES
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It was not immediately known what had caused the fire

Source:BBC news


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