At least 13 people are dead after a fire during a birthday party at a bar in Northern France, according to reports. Police say the fire broke out at a birthday party at the bar in the city of Rouen in Normandy.
At least one of the injured was in a critical condition, the secretary general of the Seine-Maritime prefecture Yvan Cordier said. The local Paris-Normandy newspaper said the fire ignited in the basement of the Cuba Libre bar, which was rented for the birthday celebration.
The paper said the ceiling quickly ignited when candles were lit. The neighbourhood was blocked off, and Rouen Mayor Yvon Robert went to the scene.
A tense France is on maximum terror alert after two attacks last month, the latest the killing of a priest in his church outside Rouen. The funeral Mass was held at the Rouen cathedral on Tuesday.