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10 die in Paris flats blaze after row over loud music

Rescue: A
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A FIRE that killed ten people, including a baby, at a block of flats in Paris was deliberately started after a row about loud music, it was claimed.

Thirty people were injured, including some who jumped from the eight- storey block. Others had to be rescued from the roof.

A fireman who lives in the flats in the 16th arrondissement said a neighbour set fire to wood and paper outside his door in ‘revenge’ after his girlfriend confronted her about her loud music.

‘She wished me good luck by acknowledging that I was a firefighter, and that I liked the flames,’ the man identified as 22-year-old Quentin L told Le Parisien newspaper. ‘Then I smelt burning.’

Police later arrested a woman in her 40s as she tried to set fire to a car and a wheelie bin in the street outside.

‘She has psychological problems and had been drinking heavily at the time of the fire,’ a police source said.

Prosecutor Remy Heinz said a woman faced a charge of ‘voluntary destruction by fire resulting in death’.

Fire service spokesman Clement Cognon described a ‘scene of incredible violence’ in the early hours of yesterday at the building near the stadium of Paris Saint Germain football club in the west of the city.

‘Thirty people had to be rescued by long ladders,’ he said. ‘The fire spread incredibly quickly.’