3 Turks among five dead in eastern France apartment fire

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Policemen walk in a security perimeter set near a building where a fire broke out overnight, killing five people in Mulhouse, on October 2, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SEBASTIEN BOZON

A deadly fire ripped through a social housing block in the eastern French city of Mulhouse on Sunday night, killing five, including four children.

Three among the five were Turks.

According to the state-run Anadolu news agency, Turkey’s consul general in Strasbourg, Özgür Çınar, confirmed that three among the five deceased were Turkish citizens.

Another eight people were injured, the local fire department said, adding that three of them were in serious condition.

Authorities believe the victims died from smoke inhalation.

Firefighters managed to rescue 20 occupants of the building through the windows of their apartments.

“It’s terrible, the whole city has been shaken by this tragedy,” Mayor Jean Rottner told AFP.

“The building is in very good condition and is situated in a quiet housing project, with no particular problems,” Rottner said.

The cause of the fire, which broke out shortly before midnight, has not yet been determined.

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