French police have arrested a man suspected of starting a fire that killed eight people, including two children, in northern Paris, reports BBC News.
The apartment block fire in the 18th district of the French capital broke out in the early hours of Wednesday, and took more than 100 firefighters to contain it.
Four survivors — some of whom are in a critical condition — are in hospital.
A police source said the suspect was found with “a candle and lighter.”
The French website TF1 adds that the man in his 30s was already known to the police.
Police sources say that the arrest was made on the basis of eyewitness testimony and CCTV footage.
The cause of the fire in the building at 4 rue Myrha, located at the foot of the famed Montmartre hill, is being investigated by criminal prosecutors.
Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve told Europe 1 radio that the investigators were “focusing on the possibility of criminal intent”.
Fire crews were first called to the scene at about 02:20 local time nd quickly put out the fire, but they were then called back again two hours later to extinguish a second, much larger fire.
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