Paris fire: Eight dead in city apartment building

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Baku, September 2, AZERTAC

A fire in an apartment building in northern Paris has killed eight people, including two children, French officials say,according to BBC News.

The blaze in the 18th district of the French capital broke out in the early hours of Wednesday, and it took more than 100 firefighters to contain it.

Four survivors - some of whom are in a critical condition - are in hospital.

The cause of the fire in the building, located at the foot of the famed Montmartre hill, is being investigated.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said it was "too early to determine the causes of this tragedy", according to the AFP news agency.

Meanwhile, criminal prosecutors are now leading the investigation at 4 rue Myrha, suggesting that the fire may have been started deliberately.

The blaze is believed to have started on the ground floor before quickly spreading into the stairwell and then upper floors.

Some of the residents reportedly attempted to escape through windows.

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