A fire at the home of the winner of television cooking competition MasterChef has claimed the lives of two of her six children.

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MasterChef winner loses children in house fire

A fire at the home of the winner of television cooking competition MasterChef has claimed the lives of two of her six children.

MasterChef winner loses children in house fire
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Anne Alassane won the popular show in 2010 and opened a restaurant called La Pays’Anne in the south west town of Montauban with her winnings.

Radio station Europe 1 reported on Monday evening that a fire broke out in Alassane’s home while she was at work in her restaurant next door.

The two children, aged two and four, were found unconscious on the first floor of the home.

They were taken to hospital but never regained consciousness.

Alassane, her husband and two other adult members of her family were also treated for shock.

MasterChef pits cooking enthusiasts with no professional experience against each other with the winner collecting a cheque for €100,000 ($130,000). 

The show, produced by TF1 in France, is based on the original MasterChef created by the BBC in the UK.

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Fire ravages building near Paris opera house

Police in the French capital have advised people to avoid the Boulevard des Capucines, near Place de l'Opéra, after a building caught fire.

A large fire has broken out near Paris' Place de l'Opéra. Emergency services say to avoid the area.
A large fire has broken out near Paris' Place de l'Opéra (Photo by JOEL SAGET / AFP)

A large building has caught fire on the Boulevard des Capucines in Paris’ 9th arrondissement. 

Images posted on social media show plumes of black smoke coming out of the old haussmanian building as fire engines attend to the blaze.

It is not yet clear what the cause of the fire was. 

French police have advised the public to stay away from the area to allow access for fire engines. 

We will be updating this story as we get more information. 

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