Ten dead, including five children, in French fire

Ten people, including five children, have been killed in a fire in an apartment building near Lyon, France, the BBC reports.

At 06:30 (05:30 GMT), French police released a statement saying that a “sizeable fire” broke out in a seven-storey block of flats in Vaulx-en-Velin.

As well as giving the number of dead, they said four people were in a critical condition and 10 others had reported minor injuries.

They said 170 firefighters were sent to the scene at 03:25 (02:25 GMT) and had extinguished the fire.

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