Four children die in apartment blaze in eastern France

A deadly fire ripped through a social housing block in the eastern French city of Mulhouse on Sunday night killing five, including four children.

Four children die in apartment blaze in eastern France
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Some reports claim the fire started in a stairwell at the block of flats in the Bourtzwiller neighbourhood of Mulhouse, while others suggest it began in the cellar.

Some 50 firefighters were sent to tackle the blaze, but they could not prevent the deaths of five people, including four children.

Another eight people were injured and left needing hospital treatment. Three are believed to be in a serious condition.

Authorities believe the victims died from smoke inhalation.

Firefighters managed to rescue another 20 occupants of the building via the windows of their apartments.

“It's terrible, the whole city has been shaken by this tragedy,” Mayor Jean Rottner told AFP.

The cause of the fire was unknown.

“The building is in very good condition and is situated in a quiet housing project, with no particular problems,” Rottner said.

Fatal fires at apartment blocks in France are not rare events.

In June last year five people were killed when a blaze ravaged a four-storey building in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis and in 2014 a blaze in an apartment in the Paris suburb of Sevran left three young sisters dead.

In 2005 a blaze at a Paris hotel that was being used to house immigrants left 20 dead.







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.