After a residential fire in Paris, the death toll has increased to ten. The police suspect arson and they arrested a 40-year-old resident. In Paris, at least ten people were killed in a fire in a residential building, about 30 others were injured, according to authorities. Investigators assume arson. A resident of the house was arrested.
The fire had broken out at night in the house in the posh 16th arrondissement. The extinguishing work turned out to be very difficult. According to the French Info station, the building was built in the 1970s. About two dozen residents rescued themselves from the flames on the roof, according to authorities, or climbed out of their windows. They were rescued by forces.
The firefighters fought the flames until morning until the fire was under control. The firefighters had to clear the eight-story residential building completely. Also, several buildings in the neighborhood of the Rue Erlanger in the west of the city were evacuated. Around 200 firefighters were on duty.
Near the apartment building, in the morning, the police arrested a woman who lived in the house. She is in police custody, prosecutor Rémy Heitz. Accordingly, she is being investigated for arson with fatal consequences. She should have mental problems.
The affected house is located about one kilometer from the tennis complex Stade Roland Garros, where the French Open takes place. Nearby is also the popular park Bois de Boulogne. The 16th arrondissement is considered one of the most luxurious and quiet neighborhoods in the French capital.