France: ten dead including five children in a building fire

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France: ten dead including five children in a building fire

Five children died in the fire.

A fire in a building near Lyon in central eastern France killed ten people, including five children, and fourteen injured, including four in serious condition, overnight from Thursday to Friday, the prefecture said.

The disaster, whose origin is unknown, is now extinguished, the prefecture said in a press release.

He declared himself shortly after 3 a.m. local time in a seven-storey building in the Mas du Taureau district, in the midst of urban renewal after having long been the symbol of neighborhoods under tension in the Lyon suburbs. The metropolis launched in the early 2000s a program of 100 million euros (about 145 million Canadian dollars) to rethink what was to become an eco-district, develop local shops, develop public transport.

The flames started from the ground floor to spread upstairs.

The fire mobilized nearly 170 firefighters and two of them were slightly injured during the intervention, according to the prefecture.

It's a shock, the results are extremely serious […] I spoke with the President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron, he said, before leaving Paris to go there.< /p>

An important security perimeter has been deployed in the city located in a district undergoing urban renewal and the emergency services are busy on the spot in a ballet of ambulances, trucks and flashing lights, according to an AFP photographer.

The flames started from the ground floor to spread upstairs. Findings are underway to determine the causes of the fire, according to a spokesperson for the prefecture on site.

Olivier Klein, the Minister Delegate for the City and Housing, must join the authorities on site in the morning to take stock of the situation, according to the prefecture.

The press, kept away from the place of intervention and installed in the media library newly inaugurated, awaiting a press briefing.

With information from Agence France-Presse

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