Ten people were killed and 30 injured in Paris in a blaxe in the 16th arrondissement in the early hours of Tuesday morning after multiple floors of an eight-story apartment building caught fire.
Six firefighters were between the injured. Arson is suspected. A 41-year-old woman with a reported history of psychiatric illness was arrested at the scene. She lived in the building and had a dispute with a neighbour. The mayor of the 16th arrondissement Daniele Giazzi said witnesses had reported hearing a row between neighbours in the block before the fire broke out. The suspected woman was seen trying to set fire to a vehicle in the street. She had a history of psychiatric illness and was known to authorities.
Around 200 firefighters were deployed to stop the fire. Residents of the luxury neighborhood scrambled to reach the rooftops to escape the smoke and flames as rescue crews battled the blaze. They were evacuated. The fire consumed the seventh and eighth floors of the eight-storey residential building before it was finally extinguished more than five hours later. The residential neighbourhood lies on the edge of the vast Bois de Bologne park and close to the stadium of top football club Paris Saint-Germain, the Parc des Princes, in the southwest of the city. An investigation has been opened into the criminal charge of causing death by arson.