At least two people have died in a fire at a dilapidated housing block in central Paris.
The blaze comes four days after 17 people, most of them children, were killed when fire tore through another building housing mostly African immigrants. When he arrived at the scene close to Marais district, Paris’ mayor Bertrand Delanoe faced claims that officials were neglecting the city’s immigrants.
“There’s nothing new in this situation,” he said. “The housing blocks have been an issue since the start of the 20th century – it’s an old problem and one we now must address,” he added.
The fire broke out around 10 pm last night and was brought under control an hour later.
Police say a child who jumped from a window died in hospital. An adult’s body was later found in the ruins.
At least 11 others suffered injuries, including three who were seriously hurt.