Pas-de-Calais: 4 dead including 2 firefighters in the fire of a House

Two young volunteer firefighters died on Saturday night trying to extinguish a fire in the Pas-de-Calais, which also killed two young people in the burning house and injured three others.
Another firefighter was seriously burned, as was the mother of the two dead children, a 16-year-old girl and a 22-year-old boy, according to the latest report provided to AFP by the prefect of the department Fabien Sudry, who rushed to the hospital. places in the small town of Estrée-Blanche, about sixty kilometers west of Lille. They were directed to the service of burn victims at Lille University Hospital. The father of the family was slightly affected and hospitalized in Saint-Omer (Pas-de-Calais).
According to the prefecture, the fire broke out around 02H30 in a house, for a reason still unknown. It is a small brick house, as we find many in the region, located in an alley of this village of less than 1,000 inhabitants in the dispersed habitat, which is between Saint-Omer and Bethune.
The two firefighters killed were aged 21 and 32, respectively. One lived in the nearby village of Longhem, the other in Lillers, said the prefecture. They were part of the Lillers fire department.
– “Fire spread very quickly” –
According to Mr. Sudry, interviewed while he was at the side of the lieutenant-colonel of firefighters directing the relief, “the fire spread very quickly”. “The first floor”, to which the firefighters had come to rescue the family, “found itself surrounded by flames and caught in intense heat,” reported the prefect, so it took time for rescue could enter the house to check if other bodies than those of the two firemen were there.
Major reinforcements from the Departmental Relief Operations Center (CODIS) were dispatched to the scene, bringing the total number of on-site firefighters to 70 men.
“An investigation was opened in search of the causes of the death, to determine how these people died,” said the prosecutor’s office of Bethune. The research section of Lille is in charge of the investigation according to the Ministry of the Interior.
Interior Minister Gérard Collomb said in a statement “his immense sadness”. “This new tragedy is a tragic reminder of the unwavering dedication shown by our relief forces, who face the risk on a daily basis, and they have the gratitude and gratitude of the entire nation,” said the minister.

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