Tuesday, April 19, 2005


Woman 'admits causing Paris fire'.

Police believe the fire was started by accident. A woman detained after last week's fire in a Paris hotel which killed 24 people has admitted that she may have started the blaze by accident, police say. According to the Paris prosecutor's office, the fire started when she threw a pile of clothes on top of candles lit in the breakfast room after a row.
The 31-year-old woman, who has not been named, was detained on Monday. Police identified her as the girlfriend of one of the hotel's night watchmen, who was injured on the night.
"After a violent dispute... she finally left the hotel, throwing several piles of clothes on the floor in a fit of rage, without paying attention to the candles," the prosecutor's office said in a statement. Two more people died in hospital on Tuesday from injuries sustained in the fire, bringing the death toll up to 24. The fire is believed to have been the deadliest in Paris in 32 years. More than 50 people were injured, 11 seriously.
Half of the dead were the children of families in need, who were temporarily housed at the hotel by the city's social services department.


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