Two people died on the night of Monday to Tuesday in a fire "of rare intensity" which set a building in the center of Vincennes (Val-de-Marne), on the edge of Paris, told AFP firefighters. The fire, which broke out around 1 a.m. and was extinguished around 5 a.m., mobilized more than 150 firefighters, said Commander Guillaume Fresse, spokesperson for the Paris Fire Brigade (BSPP) .
On their arrival, the firefighters found at the foot of the seven-story building ablaze a first deceased victim, a man in his fifties who apparently defenestrated himself because of the fire, he said. added. They then found the body of "a woman who could not escape the flames" on the second floor. Firefighters evacuated several residents using their ladders.
A fire "of rare intensity"
"It was a fire of rare intensity, which resembled that of the rue Erlanger", which had killed at least ten people in February 2019 in a building in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, "with residents trapped in the flames who demanded help at the windows, ”added Commander Fresse. The origin of the fire, which took place during a period of intense heat and which in addition to the seven-story building also burned a neighboring workshop or warehouse and spread to basements, remains to be determined, has t -He specifies.
Firefighters were still on site as a precaution early in the morning, he added.