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FIRE

Huge apartment blaze in Toulouse leaves 22 injured

Twenty-two people were injured, two critically, when a fire swept through an apartment building in the southwestern French city of Toulouse in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Huge apartment blaze in Toulouse leaves 22 injured
Illustration photo: AFP

Part of the four-storey building near the city's Matabiau rail station collapsed and guests from a neighbouring hotel were also evacuated, said fire lieutenant-colonel Sylvain Gergaud.

“The fire spread very quickly through the lift shift,” he said.

Two firemen were among the casualties in the fire on Rue Bayard.

The blaze had been brought under control by daybreak. The cause of the fire was not immediately clear.

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POLICE

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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