PARIS (AP) – A fire in a Parisian building early Tuesday killed seven people and sent residents to flee to the roof or climb their windows to escape, authorities said. The cause of the blaze, which injured 28 people, is unclear.
Firefighters were still looking for other victims and were working to put out the fire, according to spokesperson Clément Cognon of the city’s firefighters.
He told The Associated Press that the fire broke out early Tuesday in the eight-story building on Rue Erlanger in the 16th arrondissement.
“The situation was already dire when the firefighters arrived,” said Cognon. Firefighters rescued around 20 people who had fled to the roof or climbed through windows to escape the flames, and evacuated others from inside.
The building is approximately one kilometer (less than a mile) from the Roland Garros stadium which hosts the Roland Garros tennis tournament and close to the famous Bois de Boulogne park to the west of the city. The 16th arrondissement is one of the most chic and quiet areas in Paris.
More than 200 firefighters and rescuers are on the scene, Parisian police said, and the street is blocked. Residents of neighboring buildings were also evacuated.
The fire comes a month after a deadly explosion and fire linked to a gas leak in a Parisian bakery.