February 5, 2019 / 6:54 AM / 3 months ago

Paris fire death toll rises to eight, criminal cause probed

A residential building is engulfed in flames in Paris, France Feburary 5, 2019 in this image obtained from social media. B. Moser/Brigade des Sapeurs-Pompiers de Paris (BSPP) via REUTERS

PARIS (Reuters) - The death toll from a fire at a residential building in Paris now stood at eight, said Paris prosecutor Remy Heitz, who added that investigators were favouring a “criminal” cause for the blaze.

Heitz also told reporters that a woman had been placed in custody as part of the investigation into the blaze.

Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta and Simon Carraud; Editing by Matthias Blamont

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