Fire kills 2 at French ski resort, many injured

Source: Xinhua| 2019-01-20 19:22:29|Editor: mmm
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PARIS, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) -- A big pre-dawn fire ravaged a ski resort on Sunday in Courchevel in the French Alps, leaving two people dead and at least 22 others injured, according to local media.

The blaze broke out at around 4:30 a.m. local time (0330 GMT) on the third floor of a three-story accommodation building in the Croisette resort, news channel BFMTV said.

Firefighters found the burnt bodies of two individuals, four seriously injured and 18 slightly injured. Three of the seriously injured were taken to the hospital by helicopter.

Seventy firemen had been deployed to bring the fire under control at the ski resort in the Savoie department, while the building had been totally evacuated.

"My thoughts are with the families and loved ones of the fire's victims ... Tribute to the fire soldiers of Savoie who have brought the fire under control," tweeted French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner.

The cause of the fire has not been identified.