At least 10 people have died after a fire swept across an apartment block in central Paris in the middle of the night February 5.
The fire started at around 1 a.m. local time on Tuesday, on Rue Erlanger in the city’s 16th arrondissement, and sent some of the residents fleeing onto the adjoining rooftops.
Rémy Heitz, a prosecutor from Paris earlier said that this fire may have been started maliciously.
Fire service spokesman Clément Cognon said that about 37 people, including 6 firefighters suffered injuries, but only 1 person was critically injured.
Heitz said that a 40-year-old woman, who lived in the building, had been taken into custody immediately after the fire. He added that she had a history of psychological problems.
Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris, tweeted her sympathies on learning the news. She wrote, “Paris is mourning this morning after the ferocious fire in a building in the 16th arrondissement. The toll is terrible.”