The incident took place during a birthday party for which the basement the property was privatized. The cake candles are the cause of the tragedy. It is the deadliest fire ever known in France since 2005.
The mayor of Rouen, this is “the most great catastrophe “that affected his city. A fire probably accidental, the deadliest ever known in France since 2005, has ravaged a Rouen center bar on the night of Friday to Saturday, killing at least 13 people and leaving six injured including serious in absolute emergency.
According to the daily Normandy Paris , the Cuba Libre bar had been privatized for a birthday party and the fire was caused by the candles on the cake. The victims are young people aged 18 to 25 years. According to France Info, the person bringing the cake would have stumbled. The candles ignited the ceiling made of polystyrene, releasing gases that have intoxicated guests.
Firefighters were contacted at 0:20 ET arrived quickly on the scene. More than 80 firefighters, 40 police officers and Samu teams were mobilized. A judicial inquiry is underway to determine the cause of the fire. Eleven witnesses of the fire were taken to the police Rouen Hotel to be interviewed. A medical and psychological support unit was also opened at the University Hospital Charles Nicolle in Rouen.
In a statement, the Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve welcomed “the overwhelming response and security services Police and firefighters of the Departmental fire and Seine-Maritime Rescue which helped to quickly control the fire. ”
On his Twitter account, Manuel Valls expressed “deep sadness at the tragedy that claimed thirteen young lives.” “Compassion and support to the families,” added the Prime Minister.
There was no fire as deadly in France since it occurred on 4 September 2005, in an apartment building in L’Hay-les-Roses, killing 18 people. That year, in France, several fires had ravaged buildings and dilapidated hotels, causing tragic balance sheets. The most serious of these was that of the Paris-Opera, an emergency accommodation hotel, which had killed 24 people, including 11 children. A serious accident had not occurred in a bar / dance club from the Saint-Laurent-du Pont Isere which caused the death of 146 people on 1 November 1970.