Eleven people are missing after the fire that destroyed a hostel where a group of disabled people who were on vacation in eastern France were staying, authorities reported Wednesday.
It is presumed that 11 people have died this Wednesday after a fire declared at dawn in a reception center for the mildly mentally disabled near Colmar, in France.
Initially, the 11 people had declared themselves missing, but the general secretary of the Haut-Rhin prefecture, Christophe Marot, declared that they could be “potentially dead”.
“Unfortunately, there is not much doubt: all these people were present in the rural house and could not get out,” he told reporters, adding that 28 people were in the place at the time of the fire and that only 17 of them had been evacuated.
People on the ground floor were able to get out quickly, but not those on the floor above, he said.
The eleven people are a supervisor and ten adults with mild mental disabilities and it was stated that there is still no information on the causes of the fire.
As soon as the alarm sounded, 76 firefighters, four fire trucks, four ambulances, an advanced medical post and three ladders were deployed to contain the fire and treat the victims and 40 members of the gendarmerie, according to the prefecture.
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