7 killed, at least 28 injured in Paris apartment fire

by Kim Boateng Posted on February 5th, 2019

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

Firefighters were on Tuesday night, local time, still searching for other victims and working to extinguish the blaze, spokesman Clement Cognon, of the city’s fire service, said.

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.

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.”

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

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

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