Paris apartment fire kills five

Last updated 00:56 03/01/2013

Relevant offers

Europe

Taps stolen from new German spy HQ Opposition despairs as Putin deflects condemnation Leaders threaten Russia with tougher sanctions Slain anti-Putin leader Boris Nemtsov is buried as allies accuse Kremlin Queen Elizabeth strips entertainer Rolf Harris of honour over child sex conviction Study determines 'normal' range for penis size Cameron says child sex abuse to be classified 'national threat' Nemtsov's shaken girlfriend says she didn't see killer US army chief 'very concerned' at UK defence cuts Would-be burglar's brick bounces back ... into his face

A fire in an apartment complex in an impoverished Paris suburb has killed five people, including two children.

Officials say 18 people were hurt.

France's top security official, Manuel Valls, went to the scene of the fire on Wednesday morning in Gennevilliers along with the country's housing minister.

All five victims of the fire - parents, two young children and a family friend staying with them - were in the same apartment, officials say.

"We've seen a family ravaged by sadness, trying to understand what happened," Valls said.

Gennevilliers is among the poorest areas outside Paris, and many of its residents live in large public housing blocks.

Investigators had not yet determined a cause for the overnight fire.

Ad Feedback

- AP

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content