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Huge fire in upscale Paris apartment building kills 10

Benoît Moser, Brigade de sapeurs-pompiers de Paris, AFP | A picture released by the Paris fire brigade shows flames engulfing a building in western Paris on Tuesday February 5, 2019.

A massive fire in an apartment in the affluent 16th arrondissement (district) in western Paris killed at least 10 people and injured dozens more in the early hours of Tuesday, in what investigators are treating as a possible arson attack.

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  • Firefighters working overnight have extinguished the blaze in an apartment building on rue Erlanger in southwestern Paris
  • At least 10 people were killed and more than 30 injured in the blaze
  • Investigation believe the cause was “criminal” in nature, says Paris prosecutor
  • A 40-year-old woman who lived in the building was taken into police custody before being transferred to a psychiatric facility for medical exams
  • A number of residents managed to escape to the roof from where they were rescued by firefighters
  • Authorities cordoned off the area of the blaze and evacuated surrounding buildings
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