Val d’Isère: Blaze rips through ski apartments

Dozens of apartments at the Val d'Isère ski resort in the French Alps had to be evacuated on Monday after a blaze ripped through the building. There were reports of some residents jumping from windows to escape the flames (see images and video here).

Val d'Isère: Blaze rips through ski apartments
A fire tore through a ski lodge on Monday at the popular Val d'Isère resort near the Italian border. Photo: Deniz Unay/Twitter

A fire ripped through the fifth floor of the Les jardins de la Balme residence at Val d'Isère on Monday, forcing some residents to jump from windows to escape the flames and provoking evacuations.

No one died in the fire, but a woman in her sixties was seriously injured jumping from the fifth floor window of the block, which was home to about 40 seasonal workers, French paper Le Monde reported. Eight other people were transported to the hospital due to smoke inhalation. 

About 200 people had to evacuate from buildings at the resort while firefighters battled the flames. 

"Savoie: 80 people evacuated after a fire in a hotel in Val d'Isère," tweeted journalist Geoffrey Hulsens with a photo of the blaze.

#Savoie: 80 personnes évacuées après un incendie dans un hôtel à Val-d'Isère #ValdIsere #incendie #France #feu #ski

Hope all are ok… «@simplyvaldisere Fire still burning strongly residence Jardin de la Balme. #valdisere»

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