Mum And SEVEN Children DIE In House Fire
A mother and her seven children aged two to 14 have died after a fire broke out while they were sleeping at home in northern France on Monday.
The blaze started shortly after midnight in their family home in the town of Charly-sur-Marne, 50 miles east of Paris.
Nearly 80 firefighters attended the blaze. Only the woman’s husband, father to three of the children, survived but he suffered severe burns and was taken to hospital.
Neighbours called the fire department to report the blaze just before 1.00am.
The children included five girls and two boys, according to emergency services.
Four of them were from the mother’s previous relationship.
The fire was extinguished after several hours and caused damage to a neighbouring property.
The homeowners next door were also evacuated for their safety.
It’s not clear what started the fire but the French Public Prosecution Service has launched an investigation.
A préfecture said: ‘Nearly 80 firefighters from 16 Aisne rescue centres and 48 vehicles were engaged on site.’
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