The fire, mastered after two hours, was declared in a building housing staff of the nearby hospital, Henri-Mondor, and caused the death of a woman.

The World with AFP Posted today at 01:46, updated at 02:40

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Firefighters face the building that caught fire in Créteil, Wednesday, August 21 evening.
Firefighters face the building that caught fire in Créteil, Wednesday, August 21 evening. GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT / AFP

An impressive fire in a large building adjoining the Henri-Mondor hospital in Créteil (Val-de-Marne) caused the death of at least one person and injured several others in the evening of Wednesday, August 21, concordant sources at Agence France-Presse (AFP).

The fire, extinguished around 1:30 am on Thursday morning by the firefighters after more than two hours of battle, had no impact on the operation of this famous establishment, where in 2010 the first total facial transplant took place.

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The disaster claimed the life of a woman, said the Paris Fire Brigade (BSPP) and sources close to the case. He also seriously injured two firefighters, whose days are not in danger according to the BSPP, and less seriously four other people including two other firefighters.

The fire broke out around 11 pm and ignited the ten-storey building housing some of the hospital's employees, a BSPP spokesperson told AFP.

Apparently parts of an apartment, the flames spread to all floors via the facades and a stairwell, causing the deployment of a hundred firefighters on site, added the commander Guillaume Fresse.

Part of the facade was blackened by flames, an AFP photographer found, who also saw people wrapped in blankets in one of the entrances to the nearby hospital.

Ten people trapped in the smoke, saved

During this "Complex operation"Firefighters saved ten people from the smoke, and at least 50 people were evacuated in total, according to Commander Fresse.

The building is in the perimeter of Henri-Mondor but quite far from the hospital part. "No patient was evacuated", said the spokesman of the BSPP.

On June 22 in Paris, three people were killed and 27 wounded, one seriously, in the fire of a building of the XIe borough.

Four months earlier, on the night of February 4 to 5, a woman with psychiatric problems had voluntarily set off a fire in a building of the XVIe Paris district, making 10 dead and 96 wounded, the most deadly record in the capital in nearly 14 years.


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