The Latest: Paris fire that killed 7 suspected to be a crime
PARIS — The Latest on a Paris apartment building fire (all times local):
The Paris prosecutor says a woman is in custody in the investigation into a deadly apartment building fire, and that authorities suspect the blaze was a criminal act.
Prosecutor Remy Heitz told reporters Tuesday that “the investigation has just begun” and it’s too early to determine the cause of the fire but that arson is the favored hypothesis.
He said a woman who lives in the building was detained nearby. He would not provide further details.
The fire service says seven people were killed, one is in life-threatening condition, and 31 others were injured in the overnight fire in western Paris.
The Paris fire service says a blaze in an apartment building has been extinguished after several hours.
Fire service spokesman Clement Cognon says seven people are confirmed dead and 31 injured, including six firefighters. He said about 50 people were safely rescued from the building in western Paris.
He told The Associated Press that firefighters are continuing to search apartments to see if there are any other victims and ensure that no residual fires break out. Emergency workers are also working to ensure the building doesn’t collapse from the fire damage.
An investigation is under way, and the Paris prosecutor went to the scene. The cause of the fire is unclear.
A witness to a Paris apartment fire says she saw flames shooting out for hours from the top of the building and smoke-covered victims fleeing.
Jacqueline Ravier, who lives across the street from the building hit by Tuesday’s fire, said “I heard a woman screaming in the street, crying and screaming for help.”
She said shaken, evacuated residents were brought to her building and the one next door while firefighters continued to fight the flames. She described seeing “a young man in his underwear,” blackened by smoke, and a woman motionless on the ground outside.
“We feel the smoke,” she said. “What’s surprising is how long it lasted.”
The Paris fire service says 7 people were killed and at least 28 injured in the fire in an eight-story building on the city’s western edge.
The Paris fire service says seven people have been killed and at least 28 injured in a fire in a residential building.
The cause of the blaze is unclear. Firefighters are still searching for other victims and working to extinguish the blame, according to spokesman Clement Cognon of the city fire service.
He told The Associated Press that the fire broke out early Tuesday in an eight-story apartment building on Rue Erlanger in the 16th arrondissement of western Paris.
He said firefighters rescued two dozen people who had fled to the roof or climbed out windows to escape the flames, and evacuated others from inside.