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Woman and Child Die in a Fire in Lyon, France

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Sun, 10 Feb 2019 13:08 GMT

A fire in the southeast French city of Lyon was believed to have been sparked by a gas blast in a bakery, and killed a woman and a child, the French authorities said on Sunday, February 10th.

The new incident comes days after ten people were killed in a blaze at a Paris apartment building, and a month after a massive gas explosion in the centre of the capital that left four dead in a building that also housed a bakery, according to AFP.

Lyon's public prosecutor Nicolas Jacquet said: "Two bodies were found, that of a woman and a child."

He added that police were investigating the cause of the blaze that broke out Saturday night, February 9th, after the blast in the bakery on the ground floor of the two-story building

Witnesses told AFP that a man who suffered minor injuries after jumping from the second floor, told the fire service that his pregnant wife and child were still inside. Three passers-by were also slightly hurt.

"Blue flames several metres high rose up from the bakery and engulfed the upper floors," Chahine Reghi, a man living across the street, told AFP.

The blaze on Tuesday February 5th in Paris was started by a resident with psychological problems, investigators said. The suspect, who is in her 40s, has been charged over the fire, which was the deadliest in the city in over a decade.