Eleven dead, ten injured as fire torches apartment building in Czech

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An apartment building is seen after a fire broke out in Bohumin, Czech Republic.

A fire tore through an apartment building in northern Czech Republic on Saturday, killing 11 people, including three children and five others who jumped from the upper floors to escape the blaze, local media reported. Ten people were injured, including a firefighter and a police officer.

The fire in Bohumin, some 380 kilometres from Prague, broke out in the afternoon on the 11th floor of an apartment block and was the country’s deadliest fire in 30 years, local news server iDNES.cz reported.

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Moravian-Silesian Governor Ivo Vondrák said that the fire looks like an arson attack.

“Circumstances indicate that it was an arson attack,” said Ivo Vondrák.

“An intensive investigation into the circumstances and causes of this tragic event is underway,” said police spokeswoman Karolína Bělunková. Police confirmed one detainee.

“In the afternoon we reported a fire in the high-rise building. Upon arrival, we found out that there was a fire on the eleventh floor and it spread to the next floor,” said firefighter spokesman Lukáš Popp.

“There are three adults dead and three children in the apartment,” the head of the Moravian-Silesian fire brigade, Vladimír Vlček told the news site. “Five people jumped out of the apartment but suffered injuries incompatible with life.”

Firefighters extinguished the fire and investigators are now trying to determine what caused the deadly blaze in the city-owned apartment building.

Witnesses said they saw several people jumping out of the windows from the 11th floor and the city’s deputy mayor told iDNES.cz that arson could not be ruled out.

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