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Lyon tower block fire kills ten, including five children

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Tower block blaze kills ten, including five children aged three to 15: Fire spreads through seven-storey apartment building in France

  • Ten dead, including five children, after fire in an apartment block near Lyon 
  • Fourteen injured, including two firefighters and one person in serious condition 
  • Blaze broke out shortly after 3am in a ground floor flat before spreading up 

Ten people have died including five children after a fire tore through an apartment block in France in the early hours of this morning. 

The blaze broke out a little after 3am local time in Vaulx-en-Velin, a suburb of Lyon, in a ground floor apartment of a block of flats and quickly spread upwards.

Fourteen people were injured in the inferno, with four now in serious condition in hospital. Two firefighters were hurt, but not seriously.

The children who died are aged between three and 15 years old, according to French interior minister Gérald Darmanin, who described the news as a ‘shock’.

Ten people have died including five children, the youngest just three years old, after a fire ripped through an apartment block near the French city of Lyon

Mr Darmanin said he was awake throughout the night giving updates on the situation to President Emmanuel Macron, and will visit the site of the fire today.

Asked about the cause of the fire, he told French news station BFMTV that ‘several hypotheses’ are possible and an investigation is underway. 

A witness told the news station: ‘We heard screams, children screaming. When we opened the windows, we saw smoke coming out and suddenly we went downstairs.

“Neighbors came with a ladder, we were still able to evacuate people who live on the first floor, on the garden side.’

Another said: ‘[I heard] a dad who cried my children, save my children help my children”

Some 165 firefighters and 70 vehicles were sent to fight the fire in total. Then exact cause of the blaze is currently unknown.

The building where the fire happened has seven stories in total, plus a basement. 

Fourteen people were injured, including four critically, after the blaze broke out around 3am local time on the ground floor of a seven-storey block

Fourteen people were injured, including four critically, after the blaze broke out around 3am local time on the ground floor of a seven-storey block

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