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At least 10 dead, dozens injured in Paris apartment fire

Firemen scale the top floors of an apartment building in Paris. Photo: Paris Fire Dept/AP
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At least 10 people have been killed and dozens more injured in a fire in a residential building in Paris.

Firefighters were searching for more victims Wednesday morning (Australian time) amid warnings the toll could rise.

Paris fire service spokesman Clement Cognon said the fire broke out early on Tuesday local time in an eight-storey apartment building on Rue Erlanger in the 16th arrondissement of western Paris.

Police said they arrested a 40-year-old woman who lived in the building on suspicion of starting the blaze.

Firefighters rescued residents who were forced to flee to the roof or climb out windows to escape. Photo: Paris Fire Dept/AP

Mr Cognon said firefighters rescued two dozen people who had fled to the roof or climbed out of windows to escape the flames, and evacuated others from inside.

Witness Jacqueline Ravier, who lives across the street, said flames were shooting from the top of the building as smoke-covered victims fled.

“I heard a woman screaming in the street, crying and screaming for help,” she said.

She added that shaken residents were brought to her building and the one next door while firefighters continued to fight the flames.

“We feel the smoke,” she said. “What’s surprising is how long it lasted.”

The 16th arrondissement is one of the most high-end districts of Paris.

More than 200 firefighters and emergency workers were on the scene, Paris police said, and the street was blocked off.

-with AAP

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