Killer fire in Paris flats ‘could be malicious act’
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.