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Seven killed in blaze at French immigrant hostel

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Seven killed in blaze at French immigrant hostel

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Seven people have been killed in a fire at a hostel housing immigrants in France.

Four others were seriously injured in the blaze which quickly spread from an outside rubbish bin to the main stairwell of the nine-storey building in Dijon.

Thick smoke hindered residents’ efforts to escape. Some jumped from windows in a desperate bid to reach safety.

More than 140 people were inside the hostel when the fire broke out overnight. Many needed treatment for the effects of smoke.

Dozens of men, women and children have been given temporary shelter as an investigation into the blaze gets underway.