One dead after ‘deliberate’ blaze at migrant workers’ centre in Paris
16 December 2016
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The fire that claimed the life of a man at a French home for migrant workers was probably linked to a feud between residents, the interior ministry said, ruling out a racist attack.
The fire broke out in the early hours of Friday morning at the centre in Boulogne-Billancourt, in the Hauts-de-Seine department to the south west of Paris.
A spokesman for the residents, Bakary Cissoko, said the victim was a Malian man in his forties, who jumped from the third floor into a courtyard in an attempt to flee the blaze. “He arrived in the shelter about four years ago,” Cissoko said.
Another twelve people were injured, three seriously after jumping from the windows, police said.