Seven dead in Paris apartment fire

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Seven dead in Paris apartment fire

Dozens of other people have been injured, the fire service said.


A fire rages through the top floors of an apartment building in Paris (Paris Fire Dept. via AP)
A fire rages through the top floors of an apartment building in Paris (Paris Fire Dept. via AP)

Seven people have been killed and at least 28 injured in a fire in a residential building in Paris.

Firefighters were still searching for other victims and working to extinguish the blaze, according to spokesman Clement Cognon, of the city’s fire service.

He said the fire broke out early on Tuesday in an eight-storey apartment building on Rue Erlanger in the 16th arrondissement of western Paris.

The cause of the blaze is not yet known.

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Firefighters and policemen at the scene of the blaze (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Mr Cognon said firefighters rescued two dozen people who had fled to the roof or climbed out of windows to escape the flames, and evacuated others from inside.

Witness Jacqueline Ravier, who lives across the street, said flames were shooting from the top of the building as smoke-covered victims fled.

“I heard a woman screaming in the street, crying and screaming for help,” she said.

She added that shaken residents were brought to her building and the one next door while firefighters continued to fight the flames.

“We feel the smoke,” she said. “What’s surprising is how long it lasted.”

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Firefighters scale the top floors of the apartment building (Paris Fire Dept. via AP)

The building is less than a mile from the Roland Garros stadium that hosts the French Open tennis tournament, and close to the popular Bois de Boulogne park on the city’s western edge.

The 16th arrondissement is one of the most high-end districts of Paris.

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More than 200 firefighters and emergency workers are on the scene, Paris police said, and the street is blocked off.

People in neighbouring buildings were also evacuated.

The fire comes a month after a deadly explosion and blaze linked to a gas leak in a Paris bakery.

Press Association

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