An accidental fire destroyed a Rouen center bar on the night of Friday to Saturday, killing at least 13 people and leaving six injured, one seriously, which makes the fire the deadliest in France since 2005.
the tragedy occurred in the basement of a bar during a birthday party. The fire was caused by the fall of a person carrying a birthday cake topped with candles, did we learn from the Rouen floor. According to the deputy prosecutor Lawrence Labadie, “there was projection candles on the walls and on the ceiling” covered with sound insulation. “There was an immediate inflammation and gas propagation” , has -t he added. An investigation was opened, announced the Ministry of Interior.
According to Ouest-France , a young police yesterday celebrated 20 years in the basement bar with friends. The advance newspaper she was guardian of peace in Mont Saint Aignan, in the outskirts of Rouen.
According to the Seine-Maritime prefecture, the fire started around midnight. “Firefighters were contacted at 0:20 to intervene in the bar Cuba Libre, avenue Jacques Cartier. They soon arrived “, reported AFP Yvan Cordier, secretary general of the prefecture. “Among the six injured, one person is absolute urgency” , he said.
A review of the CODIS (departmental operational center of fire and rescue) Seine-Maritime shortly after 6:00 Saturday morning reported 13 dead, one seriously injured and five were slightly injured. According to a source close to the case, the victims are mostly young people aged 18 to 25 years.
“A fire in a bar in the center of Rouen (Seine-Maritime) made the night, according to a provisional toll, 13 dead and 6 wounded “, for his part said in a statement the Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve shortly after 4:00 Saturday. A “judicial inquiry is underway to determine the cause of the fire” , he said. Clotilde Valter, Secretary of State for Vocational Training, would visit the scene of the drama Saturday at 10:30.
On Twitter, the Prime Minister Manuel Valls expressed his “compassion and support to bereaved families. “
” There was no explosion, candles are used for a party birthday who ignited the ceiling made of polystyrene, releasing gas that poisoned the victims’ , told AFP the permanence of the police.
According to Paris Normandy , also present on the scene, Lawrence Labadie, deputy prosecutor to the prosecutor of Rouen “emphasizes an accidental fire” . Also according to Paris-Normandie, the Socialist Mayor of Rouen Yvon Robert, arrived on the scene shortly before 2:00, lamented “the greatest catastrophe” Hit Rouen.
There, shortly after 6:00, a security zone consisting of metal barriers were set up in front of what was left of the red facade of the Cuba Libre bar, all the windows were blown out and burned the store, according to an AFP photographer. Two policemen guarding the premises. A medical and psychological support unit was opened at the University Hospital Charles Nicolle in Rouen.
In a statement, Bernard Cazeneuve welcomed “the overwhelming response and the action of the police and firefighters of the Departmental fire and Seine-Maritime Rescue which helped to quickly control the fire. The victims were immediately supported by the UAS “.
This is the deadliest fire in France since it occurred on 4 September 2005, in a building of housing in L’Hay-les-Roses (Val de Marne), 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.
There ‘ there was no fire as serious a bar / dance club from the Saint-Laurent-du Pont (Isère) which caused the death of 146 people on 1 November 1970.