Paris fire: Eight dead and many injured at apartment block

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –Eight people including a baby have died in a fire at an eight-storey building in south-western Paris, fire service officials say.

Nearly 30 people – including six firefighters – were injured. One person is in a serious condition.

50 people were evacuated by ladders from the blaze in the upmarket 16th arrondissement.

The Paris prosecutor says it may have been deliberately started. Police have detained a female suspect.

While the fire was raging, a police source says she was suspected of trying to set fire to a car parked nearby. The suspect, who lived in the building, was reportedly drunk and is said to have justified her actions as the result of a conflict with a neighbour.

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