A fire has engulfed an eight-storey building apartment block in south-western Paris which has now brought under control by rescue teams.
The blazes engulfed the two floors of the 1970s building on Erlanger street around01:00 (00:00 GMT).
Ten people including a baby lost their lives in the blazes while more than 30 also sustained injuries. One injured is still in critical condition while six firefighters also injured during rescue work.
The rescue teams rescued fifty people by using ladders in the upmarket 16th arrondissement. The Paris prosecutor suspected that the fire may have deliberately ignited while Police arrested a female suspect.
French President Emmanuel Macron expressed his worries over the sad incident by saying that Paris ‘had woken up to tragedy’. He also admired the fire services for their bravery.
The incident occurred around01:00 (00:00 GMT) when blazes engulfed the two floors of the 1970s building on Erlanger street. The fire has forced residents to climb on to nearby rooftops to save themselves from the flames and smoke.
An eyewitness told how fire alarm went off at 00:30 am and the smoke spreads everywhere already. The witness further added I reside on the 8th floor, the top floor. I tried to escape but “we huddled up in a corner, other people climbed up to where I was to escape the flames”.
The firefighters used ladders to reach the residents.
Around 250 firefighters rescued those trapped on the roofs and used ladders to reach the residents. A fire service spokesman told that when rescue teams reached the scene they have to face an apocalyptic situation. We saw various people were shouting for help from the windows.
The spokesman further said that though we have controlled the fire after five hours efforts still we feared that death toll could increase.
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