The Courier-Mail

Killer fire in Paris flats ‘could be malicious act’

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PARIS: A fire in an apartment building in northern Paris that killed eight people, including two children, may have been started intentiona­lly, officials say.

It took more than 100 firefighte­rs to contain the blaze in the 18th district of the French capital early yesterday.

Criminal investigat­ors have taken over the probe after it emerged the fire, the deadliest in Paris since 2005, broke out in two separate places in the building.

A spokesman for the interior ministry, Pierre-Henry Brandet, said: “It’s clear that when you have two (firefighte­r) call-outs in the same night … this could be a malicious act.”

Firefighte­rs were first called to the scene at 2.20am local time and quickly put out the blaze, but they were called back again two hours later to extinguish a second, much larger fire.

The eight victims included two who died after they attempted to escape through windows. A source close to the investigat­ion said two children were among the victims.

Four more residents are in a critical condition.

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