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Five children fighting for life after French blaze: firefighters

Firefighters stand in a street after a fire broke out in Aubervilliers, a northern suburb of Paris, on August 19, 2018
Firefighters stand in a street after a fire broke out in Aubervilliers, a northern suburb of Paris, on August 19, 2018 AFP/File
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Paris (AFP)

A fire in a residential building near Paris on Sunday left seven people with serious injuries including five children who were in a "life-threatening" condition, firefighters said.

A dozen police officers were also slightly hurt in the blaze in Aubervilliers, north of Paris, which was later brought under control, a Paris fire service spokesman said.

The fire, which took hold in the attic of a building with two floors, needed 100 firefighters to tackle it.

A previous list of eight injured people was revised down.

The cause of the blaze remained unknown, the fire service added.

Less than one month ago, a fire in a housing complex in Aubervilliers killed a mother and her three children, leaving nine others injured.

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