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Arson suspected as deadly fire wrecks Paris migrant workers' centre

Julien Duc, Paris Fire Brigade, AFP | A handout photo by the Paris Fire Brigade showing firefighters intervening in the Paris suburb of Boulogne-Billancourt on December 16, 2016.

French police on Friday were investigating a fire that broke out overnight in a centre for migrant workers outside Paris, leaving one dead and 13 injured.


The Nanterre prosecutors' office said the fire started at around 3:30am in the suburb of Boulogne-Billancourt, west of Paris.

Investigators said they suspected the fire may be of criminal origin, adding that they had found traces of combustible material and a fire accelerant at the building's entrance.

Two people were seriously injured when they jumped out of the building's upper windows to escape the flames.

One of them, identified as a 40-year-old Malian, was rushed unconscious to a nearby hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

(FRANCE 24 with AP)

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