BREAKING UPDATE: 170 firefighters attend blaze in which ten people died

08:12 (December 16) – The fire is said to have started at 3:15 am although the cause of the blaze has still not been determined. 

According to local authorities, 10 people have been confirmed dead, five of those children, and 14 have suffered injuries. Forensics teams are due on the scene later today, which may result in further bodies being found. 

Among the injured are two firefighters, with four people said to have suffered life-threatening injuries.

The fire was extinguished at some 65 emergency vehicles attended the fire along with 170 firefighters. 

07:48 (December 16) – At least 10 people, five adults and five children died in a Lyon apartment fire this morning. 

The fire broke out in an apartment block in the town of Vaulx-en-Velin, near Lyon according to a report by news site La Vanguardia on Friday, December 16. 

Some 160 firefighters have been on the scene trying to extinguish the blaze.

Although authorities have confirmed the fire, no further details have been provided, with the cause of the fire or the total number of dead and injured not yet known. 

More information to follow. 

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