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Girl dies when floor collapses during Easter services near Paris

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2012-04-08

A 6-year-old girl died and more than 30 people were injured on Sunday when the floor of a house hosting Easter services collapsed in the Paris suburb of Saint Denis, local officials said.

AFP - A six-year-old girl was killed and many more worshippers hurt when a floor collapsed in a house hosting an Easter Sunday service for more than 100 people, local officials said.

Two people have life-threatening injuries so the death toll could rise, they said, as scores of firefighters combed through the wreckage in the house, which was used by an Evangelical Church popular with Haitian immigrants.

The governor of the Seine-Saint-Denis region, part of the suburbs of Paris, Christian Lambert said 32 people had been hurt when the first floor of the house collapsed.

He said the toll could have been much higher if anyone had been on the ground floor, adding that an inquiry had been launched into safety standards at the church.
 

Date created : 2012-04-08

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