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Pas-de-Calais: Four Dead in House Fire including Two Firefighters

Four people, including two volunteer firefighters and a teenager, and two serious injuries were reported in a fire in the Pas-de-Calais in the night from Saturday to Sunday.

Dramatic fire in Estrée-Blanche (Pas-de-Calais) . Four people died in the night from Saturday 6th to Sunday, January 7th. These two young volunteer firefighters who tried to extinguish the fire and two people, a 16-year-old and a young man of 20, says France Bleu .

The fire broke out around 2.30am in the house, told AFP the Prefecture of Pas-de-Calais. The mother was seriously injured and the father more lightly. The injured firefighter and the mother were transported to the major burns unit in Lille.

Initially, the two young people were missing, and the prefecture did not know if they were in the house when the tragedy. Their bodies were unfortunately discovered.

investigation

The origin of the fire and the circumstances of the deaths of firefighters for unknown time, according to the prefecture of Pas-de-Calais.

According to the prefect, then interviewed he was at the side of Lieutenant Colonel firefighters directing the rescue, “the fire spread very quickly.” “The first floor”, in which firefighters had acceded to rescue the family, “found himself surrounded by flames and caught in intense heat,” reported the prefect, so it took some time before the relief can enter the house to see if other bodies as those of the two firefighters were there.

Significant reinforcements relief of departmental operational center (CODIS) were dispatched to the scene, bringing the total of firefighters on site to 70 men.

“An investigation has been opened into the causes of death, to determine how these people died,” said AFP parquet Bethune.The Lille research section is responsible for the investigation according to the Ministry of Interior.

Four people including two firefighters have died in a house fire in Pas-de-Calais
Firefighters and police at the scene of a serious fire in Estrée Blanche, northern France, January 7, 2018 (© AFP / PHILIPPE HUGUEN)

“Dedication flawless”




The Interior Minister Gérard Collomb expressed in a statement “of his immense sadness.” “This new drama tragically just recall the unwavering dedication of our rescue forces alongside the risk every day. They have the recognition and gratitude of the entire nation, “says the minister.


“This new drama tragically just recall the unwavering dedication of our rescue forces alongside the risk every day. They have the recognition and gratitude of the entire nation, “Mr Collomb said.

Firefighters in action to contain a fire in Estrée-Blanche (Pas-de-Calais), January 7, 2018
Firefighters in action to contain a fire in Estrée-Blanche (northern France), January 7, 2018 (© AFP / PHILIPPE HUGUEN)

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