5 dead, 57 injured in Paris fire

AP News
Posted: Apr 14, 2011 10:45 AM
5 dead, 57 injured in Paris fire

Police say five people died and 57 were injured in a fire in an apartment building near Paris' Pere Lachaise cemetery.

Paris police say four people died when they jumped out windows to flee the flames and another was found dead in the charred building.

A fireman was seriously injured during the rescue after he fell from a ladder. A total of six people suffered serious injuries and 51 people, including 6 children, suffered light injuries.

Police say the fire started in the stairwell overnight and was put out just before dawn Thursday. The reason for the fire is unclear.

The building houses apartments and artist studios in the Menilmontant neighborhood of northeast Paris.