Another Paris squat fire; this time no casualties

14th September 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Sept 14 (AFP) - A fire in a Paris squat overnight resulted in minor damage and no injuries to the occupants, police said Wednesday, but it did draw attention to a spate of previous blazes in the capital that have taken a heavy toll on African immigrants.

PARIS, Sept 14 (AFP) - A fire in a Paris squat overnight resulted in minor damage and no injuries to the occupants, police said Wednesday, but it did draw attention to a spate of previous blazes in the capital that have taken a heavy toll on African immigrants.

The fire, whose origin was not yet determined, broke out on the ground floor of an abandoned building in the city's southeast 12th district. A couple and their child who were illegally residing at the address were not hurt.

Other more disastrous fires have hit the Paris area recently.

Last month, separate blazes in two dilapidated buildings killed 24 African immigrants, most of them children, while another -- allegedly started by a gang of teenaged girls -- killed 18 people, half of them of African origin, in a suburban highrise.

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Subject: French news

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