This morning there was a holiday home fire for people with disabilities located in the east of France. This has caused 17 people to be evacuated from the place, according to the French authorities, and 11 remain missing.
A drone has already sighted three lifeless bodies among the remains of the rural house destroyed by fire, confirmed Daniel Leroy, deputy mayor of the commune of Wintzenheim.
The Minister of the Interior, Gerald Darmaninhas tweeted that “this morning there was a fire in a facility for disabled people” in the small town of Wintzenheim, near the border with Germany. “Despite the quick and courageous intervention of the fire department… several casualties have been reported,” he said. Rescue operations are still underway.
The fire started at 06:30 in the morning in a private accommodation in Wintzenheimaccording to the government of the Upper Rhine region. The 17 evacuees include one person who has been sent to hospital for a “relative urgency”.
Christophe Marotgeneral secretary of the local administration, has told the news station France Info that among the disappeared there are adults with “mild intellectual disability”. He group usually lives in the city of Nancy, in eastern France, according to a statement from the Haut-Rhin prefecture. “The building was used for their vacations,” he adds.