Two firemen killed in Paris car park blaze
19 November 2007, PARIS - Two firemen died in an overnight fire in Paris when the blazing multi-storey carpark they were fighting to put out collapsed on top of them, police said Saturday.
19 November 2007
PARIS - Two firemen died in an overnight fire in Paris when the blazing multi-storey carpark they were fighting to put out collapsed on top of them, police said Saturday.
Matthieu Mercier, 23, was found dead on the scene and his body was removed from under three storeys of concrete debris on Saturday morning.
Ludovic Martin, 21, died in hospital of his injuries early on Saturday morning, despite nine hours of attempts to revive him.
Both were non-commissioned officers in the Paris fire brigade, which is a branch of the military.
Interior Minister Michele Alliot-Marie said the fire -- which broke out Friday evening in the five-storey car park in the 19th district, north east Paris -- was accidental, but an investigation will be carried out.
The heat caused several of the cars within the building to explode, according to local residents, as more than 200 firemen fought for two hours to put out the blaze.
"Once again, the Paris fire service has paid a very heavy price in carrying out its duties in the service of its citizens," Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe said.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy also sent his condolences.
Subject: French news