Woman arrested as nine people die in Paris blaze

A woman has been arrested after at least nine people – including a baby – died in a fire which broke out in a wealthy neighbourhood in Paris.

The blaze started in the early hours of Tuesday at an eight-storey building in the French capital’s trendy 16th arrondissement.

One person has been seriously injured, while 30 others – including six firefighters – suffered minor injuries.

Some of those affected scrambled on to nearby roofs to escape the smoke and flames, and needed to be rescued by fire crews.

French President Emmanuel Macron said that the country ‘had woken up to tragedy’.

A 40-year-old female resident of the block in Rue Erlanger was detained, suspected of arson offences.

French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said she was known to have had mental health issues.

Emmanuel Grégoire, one of the deputy mayors of Paris, said the woman had told police of a ‘quarrel between neighbours’.

‘We will let the police give additional information, but this is one of the theories being explored by investigators,’ Mr Grégoire told The Local.

Dramatic pictures showed flames leaping out of top-floor windows and firefighters climbing ladders to rescue terrified residents from thick black smoke.

The area is popular with tourists and is home to several upmarket shops and restaurants.

The building is less than a mile from the Roland Garros stadium that hosts the French Open tennis tournament, and close to the popular Bois de Boulogne park on the city’s western outskirts.

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