France Rouen: Fire kills 13 at birthday party in bar
Police say the fire that killed 13 people in a bar in the French city Rouen
caused by someone carrying a birthday cake with lit holiday candles.
It is believed the person responsible stumbled on the stairs leading to the basement.
They say soundproof material in the ceiling of the basement in the bar Cuba Libre burn
and emit toxic gases in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Most of the young people who died from the gas and killed. And six wounded. One is in critical condition.
An investigation is now under way.
A witness told French television that there was panic in the bar: “Everybody wants to get out.
“Unfortunately, those who were in the basement did not have time to get upstairs.”
He said Prime Minister Manuel Valls in a tweet (in French): “deep sadness in relation to the tragedy that cut down 13 young lives of sympathy and support to the bereaved families.”
He praised the firefighters for the speed of their response.
The fire was the deadliest to hit France since a series of fires in 2005, according to French media.