Un violent incendie qui s’est propagé dans les étages d’un immeuble de Vaulx-en-Velin, dans la banlieue nord-est de Lyon, a fait dix morts, dont cinq enfants, et quatorze blessés, dont “quatre en urgence absolue”, dans la nuit de jeudi à vendredi, selon le dernier bilan officiel.
Source link At least 10 people, five of them children, tragically passed away in a horrific blaze that engulfed a residential building near Lyon, France last night.
Authorities were alerted of a fire at the building on Rue de la Charité shortly after 7pm, and remain uncertain of the fire’s exact cause. Firefighters arrived shortly afterwards and attempted to rescue the victims who, according to eyewitnesses, had attempted to flee the building and were trapped by large flames that spread quickly throughout the building’s small halls and corridors. Little could be done to save the lives of those within the building and, of the 20 people inside at the time, only 10 people were rescued. The heartbreaking number of deaths include five children who were among the burned or suffocated residents.
The incident has been described as a tragedy, and has caused panic and sadness among the local population who, wanting to help those in danger, were met with fear and despair when watching the helpless situation that firefighters faced in their attempts to save the lives of the from the blaze.
The cause of the fire is still unknown and authorities have not commented as to what safety measures, if any, were taken to prevent a similar occurrence. Nevertheless, the French Interior Ministry have declared a national day of mourning, with flags to be flown at half-mast, as a sign of respect for those who have lost their lives in this sad and painful incident.
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