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Two dead, 22 hurt in French ski resort fire

Nafaahath Ibrahim
20 January 2019, MVT 18:21
Firefighters and French gendarmes stand in front of a building destroyed by a major fire which killed two people and injured 22 more, on January 20, 2019 at the ski resort of Courchevel in the French Alps. - The pre-dawn blaze forced the evacuation of some 60 resort workers, including foreigners, from a three-storey accommodation building. Firemen found the two unidentified bodies in a burnt-out area of the building in the upmarket Courchevel 1850 ski station. (Photo by Fanny HARDY / AFP)
Nafaahath Ibrahim
20 January 2019, MVT 18:21

Two people died Sunday and 22 more were injured, four seriously, in a major fire at the ski resort of Courchevel in the French Alps, officials said.

The pre-dawn blaze forced the evacuation of some 60 resort workers, including foreigners, from a three-storey accommodation building.

Firemen found the two unidentified bodies in a burnt-out area of the building in the upmarket Courchevel 1850 ski station.

Three of the four badly injured were flown to hospital by helicopter, the local officials said.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known but around 70 firemen had brought it under control by day-break.

Interior Minister Christophe Castaner tweeted condolences to the families and friends of the dead and paid tribute to the firemen who tackled the blaze.

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