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Three Britons die in Paris fire
Paris fire
The fire happened in a fifth storey apartment in the Rue des Innocents
Three British women have been killed in a fire at an apartment block in Paris.

The blaze, in a fifth-storey property in the Rue des Innocents in the city centre, broke out early on Saturday.

The bodies of two women were recovered by fire crews during the day, and a third body was found in the apartment later on Sunday.

A spokesman from the Foreign Office said two of the women were from the Southampton area. No details are available on the other victim.

'Tough fire'

French authorities said the women would have had little chance of escape once the fire took hold in the 300-year-old building.

About 180 firefighters tackled the blaze, which left several other people hurt and destroyed the top two floors of the property in the first arrondissement of the city.

The blaze took several hours to bring under control.

A spokesman for the French police said: "It was a very tough fire and very, very difficult to stop."

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