Seven dead, 90 hurt in fire

A FIRE in a building in France housing immigrant workers has killed seven people, including two who jumped from the windows to try to escape.

About 90 other people were injured, of whom 11 were in life-threatening condition.

Immigration and Integration Minister Eric Besson said most of the victims were killed by toxic fumes.

Initial findings showed the fire started in a garbage area beside the Fontaine d’Ouche residence in the eastern city of Dijon.

The prosecutor’s office asked judicial police to investigate the cause of the blaze.

The state-subsidised building housed single foreign workers and families, mostly from sub-Saharan Africa.

The local prefecture said 134 people were evacuated after the fire.

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