Seven dead, many injured in Paris building fire

Seven people have died in a fire at a building in south-western Paris, the French capital’s fire service says.

It says nearly 30 people – including three firefighers – were injured. One person is in a serious condition.

“The toll could still increase because the fire is still in progress on the 7th and 8th floors” of the eight-storey building, a fire service spokesman told the AFP news agency.

It is not clear what caused the blaze in Paris’ 16th arrondissement.

The fire spread across the two floors of the building on Monday night, forcing some residents to scramble onto nearby rooftops to escape the flames and smoke.

About 200 firefighters were deployed, helping to rescue those trapped on the roofs.

Surrounding buildings in the upmarket area not far from the Eiffel Tower have been evacuated as a precaution.

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