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Last Updated: Friday, 26 August 2005, 05:41 GMT 06:41 UK
In pictures: Paris blaze

Firefighters evacuate people from the blaze-hit building

The deadly fire broke out in an apartment block housing many African immigrant families in Paris in the early hours of Friday.

Emergency services at the scene of the blaze

More than 200 firefighters from across the city were called to the scene in the south-east of the capital.

Firefighter rescues a person from the blazing apartment block in Paris

They helped many of the 130 people in the building to escape.

Young girl carried by a rescue worker

Local residents said many of those living in the block were from Senegal and Mali.

Red Cross members look after survivors

Survivors were given blankets and comforted by Red Cross workers in a make-shift centre near by.

Rescuers comfort a woman after the blaze

But at least 17 people, including 14 children, were killed in the blaze.

Rescuers lead people to safety

The cause of the fire was not immediately known but a criminal investigation has begun.




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