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Family of 5 wiped out in blaze in France

2013-01-02 18:44

Paris - All five members of a family - including two teenagers and a child - died in a pre-dawn fire on Wednesday at an apartment building in the suburbs of the Paris, officials said.

The five lived in a flat on the fifth floor of the six-storey building in a poor area of Gennevilliers, northwest of Paris, they said, adding that the cause of the fire remained unknown.

Around 100 fire-fighters fought the blaze that began in a fourth-floor flat, rescue workers said.

Fifteen people were taken to hospital mostly suffering from smoke inhalation, while one fire-fighter suffered hand burns and another from heat exposure.

Interior Minister Manuel Valls visited the scene, as did the mayor of Gennevilliers, who spoke of "the death of an entire family".

Fire-fighters were reluctant to confirm that the five dead were from the same family until formal identification was carried out. But the building caretaker confirmed that a family of five lived in the flat that was devastated.

The dead included a 12-year-old, a 15-year-old and an 18-year-old, officials said.

Comments
  • rollingstone.kanyane - 2013-01-02 20:10

    RIP.living in the fifth floor in the poor area in paris? is there poverty in paris?

      gavin.taylor.79 - 2013-01-02 20:45

      Rollingstone. There is a LOT of poverty in both the northern & southern areas of Paris. Indeed, some of the worst slums in Europe are in these areas. A huge percentage of the inhabitants are refugees & immigrants from Africa. This has caused a host of social problems and there have been a number of xenophobic attacks in these areas. A year or two back, two apartment blocks were burned down and a number of lives lost. In both those cases, it is believed that the fires were started deliberately.

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