South France fire kills two children, Paris blaze wounds 17

South France fire kills two children, Paris blaze wounds 17

Two children died today in an apartment fire in the southwest French city of Libourne, as another blaze swept through a seven-storey building in Paris and injured 17.

Two brothers, one four years old and the other 18 months, died in the fire in Libourne, which also left their five-year-old sister in critical condition, said Mayor Philippe Buisson and police.

Their mother managed to escape the fire, whose cause is unknown, the mayor said.In Paris, 17 people were injured, including five who were in a very serious condition after being rescued from the blaze, which broke out shortly after 2:00 pm (1630 IST) in the eastern Belleville district.

"No one was killed. Five people are in a very serious condition and have been taken to hospital and 12 others are in a serious condition," fire service spokesman Christian Beau told journalists.

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