The Latest: Paris fire put out, firefighters among 31 hurt

Published 02-05-2019

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PARIS (AP) - The Latest on a Paris apartment building fire (all times local):

8 a.m.

The Paris fire service says a blaze in an apartment building has been extinguished after several hours.

Fire service spokesman Clement Cognon says seven people are confirmed dead and 31 injured, including six firefighters. He said about 50 people were safely rescued from the building in western Paris.

He told The Associated Press that firefighters are continuing to search apartments to see if there are any other victims and ensure that no residual fires break out. Emergency workers are also working to ensure the building doesn't collapse from the fire damage.

An investigation is under way, and the Paris prosecutor went to the scene. The cause of the fire is unclear.

6:50 a.m.

A witness to a Paris apartment fire says she saw flames shooting out for hours from the top of the building and smoke-covered victims fleeing.

Jacqueline Ravier, who lives across the street from the building hit by Tuesday's fire, said "I heard a woman screaming in the street, crying and screaming for help."

She said shaken, evacuated residents were brought to her building and t

6:50 a.m.

A witness to a Paris apartment fire says she saw flames shooting out for hours from the top of the building and smoke-covered victims fleeing.

Jacqueline Ravier, who lives across the street from the building hit by Tuesday's fire, said "I heard a woman screaming in the street, crying and screaming for help."

She said shaken, evacuated residents were brought to her building and the one next door while firefighters continued to fight the flames. She described seeing "a young man in his underwear," blackened by smoke, and a woman motionless on the ground outside.

"We feel the smoke," she said. "What's surprising is how long it lasted."

The Paris fire service says 7 people were killed and at least 28 injured in the fire in an eight-story building on the city's western edge.

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4:50 a.m.

The Paris fire service says seven people have been killed and at least 28 injured in a fire in a resident

Jacqueline Ravier, who lives across the street from the building hit by Tuesday's fire, said "I heard a woman screaming in the street, crying and screaming for help."

She said shaken, evacuated residents were brought to her building and the one next door while firefighters continued to fight the flames. She described seeing "a young man in his underwear," blackened by smoke, and a woman motionless on the ground outside.

"We feel the smoke," she said. "What's surprising is how long it lasted."

The Paris fire service says 7 people were killed and at least 28 injured in the fire in an eight-story building on the city's western edge.

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4:50 a.m.

The Paris fire service says seven people have been killed and at least 28 injured in a fire in a residential building.

The cause of the blaze is unclear. Firefighters are still searching for other victims and working to extinguish the blame, according to spokesman Clement Cognon of the city fire service.

He told The Associated Press that the fire broke out early Tuesday in an eight-story apartment building on Rue Erlanger in the 16th arrondissement of western Paris.

He said firefighters rescued two dozen people who had fled to the roof or climbed out windows to escape the flames, and evacuated others from inside.

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In this image taken from video released by the Paris Fire Dept., firemen scale the top floors of an apartment building on fire, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, in Paris, France. A fire in a Paris apartment building has killed a number of people and sent residents fleeing to the roof or climbing out windows to escape. (Paris Fire Dept. via AP) - The Associated Press


In this image taken from video released by the Paris Fire Dept., firemen climb ladders to the top floors of an apartment building on fire, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, in Paris, France. A fire in a Paris apartment building has killed a number of people and sent residents fleeing to the roof or climbing out windows to escape. (Paris Fire Dept. via AP) - The Associated Press


Firefighters leave the scene of a fire in Paris, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. A fire in a Paris apartment building early Tuesday killed seven people and sent residents fleeing to the roof or climbing out their windows to escape, authorities said. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) - The Associated Press


Firefighters leave the scene of a fire in Paris, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. A fire in a Paris apartment building early Tuesday killed seven people and sent residents fleeing to the roof or climbing out their windows to escape, authorities said. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) - The Associated Press


Firefighters leave the scene of a fire in Paris, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. A fire in a Paris apartment building early Tuesday killed seven people and sent residents fleeing to the roof or climbing out their windows to escape, authorities said. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) - The Associated Press


Firefighters and policemen stand on the scene of a fire in Paris, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. A fire in a Paris apartment building early Tuesday killed seven people and sent residents fleeing to the roof or climbing out their windows to escape, authorities said. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) - The Associated Press


A Firefighter satnd on the scene of a fire in Paris, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. A fire in a Paris apartment building early Tuesday killed seven people and sent residents fleeing to the roof or climbing out their windows to escape, authorities said. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) - The Associated Press


Firefighters stand on the scene of a fire in Paris, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. A fire in a Paris apartment building early Tuesday killed seven people and sent residents fleeing to the roof or climbing out their windows to escape, authorities said. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) - The Associated Press