Eight people have died, and at least 30 more injured in a fire at an eight-story building in Paris, near the Parc des Princes football stadium. Police have arrested a female suspect.
30 people, including six firefighters, are reported injured, with one person in a serious condition. Eight people have been confirmed dead, but firefighters have warned that the death toll could rise.
It has not been confirmed what the cause of the fire was, but the Paris prosecutor has said that it may have been deliberately started, with a female suspect arrested by police.
A police source says the woman was arrested after she was found attempting to set fire to a car whilst the building fire was blazing. The suspect lived in the building, was said to have been drunk, and said she had started the fire as a result of a conflict with a neighbour.
A fire service spokesman said that roughly 250 firefighters were deployed to the scene, and helped rescue people trapped on the roof.
“When we arrived, we were faced with an apocalyptic situation. Lots of people were calling for help from the window.
The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, has sent her condolences to the victims, and has said she will travel to the fire this morning. Deputy mayor, Emmanuel Gregoire, told Reuters spoke about the difficulties of the fire, and paid tribute to the firefighters.
“The layout of this building – which is a modern residential building in a good state of repair – meant that the firefighters, and we must pay tribute to their professionalism, had to evacuate the victims from the facade of the building using ladders because it was impossible to get into the courtyard of the building, which is in the shape of an H.”
Surrounding buildings in the area have been evacuated as a precaution. Town hall officials have been tasked with finding alternative accommodation, reports Le Parisien newspaper. Nearby roads have been blocked.