According to firefighters five homeless have been sheltered in relief supplies, “ free .” Police said they are migrants.
By midmorning, no casualties were reported. The building was subject to a thorough review, according to firefighters.
According to two migrants interviewed on site by AFP, thirty people of Afghan nationality, Syrian, Moroccan Egyptian, Tunisian spent the night in the building.
According to these two people, squatters, while intoxicated, had threatened Sunday night to set fire to the building by despair.
“ According to testimony, it is about something voluntary, but we have to check. There are some elements, but there is nothing confirmed. It we have to have access to the place to tell “if the criminal case is privileged over the accidental event, said the prosecutor in Caen, Carole Etienne, interviewed on site by AFP.
Firefighters were alerted around 7:30 am the fire of this former industrial building whose wooden structure is located on a peninsula of several abandoned buildings and next to the future of media including Caen the site is almost complete.
“ 500 m2 were fully ablaze when we arrived. There was a high risk of spreading to the entire building that is 1,000 m2 “, told the head of column firefighters, Raphael Hue. At about 9:00 am firefighters were masters of fire, even if it remained “ a lot of hot spots ,” said Mr. Hue.
Sixty firefighters were mobilized.