Fire at Bar in France kills 13 , leaves six injured
According to local media reports, the fire broke at around midnight as young people were gathered at the bar celebrating a birthday. The victims were described as being aged between 18 and 25.
Some reports suggest that one of the party-goers was said to have stumbled while carrying a cake with lit candles down the stairs to the lower floor. Flames spread quickly to polystyrene ceiling tiles which gave off a cloud of noxious fumes that choked victims, who were unable to escape.
“There was no explosion, but candles used for a birthday party set light to the ceiling made of polystyrene, giving off a gas that poisoned the victims,” a police official told the AFP news agency.
More than 50 firefighters battled the blaze at the bar in the city centre, said French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve.
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