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Five firefighters killed in blaze outside Paris
Five firefighters were killed by two explosions as they tried to extinguish a blaze in residential building outside Paris, the biggest single loss in the Paris fire department's history.
After evacuating residents , the firefighters used a ladder to reach the sixth floor of the building in Neuilly-sur-Seine, just north of Paris, when an explosion severely injured two of them, the Paris firefighters' office said.
Moments later, three other firefighters were badly injured in a second explosion as they rushed to rescue their stricken colleagues.
All five were taken in a critical condition to a nearby hospital, where they died of their injuries Saturday. It was the biggest single loss ever among Paris firefighters, police officials said.
President Jacques Chirac on Sunday visited the Percy military hospital in nearby Clamart where they died and expressed his condolences to the victims' families.
Chirac paid tribute to the "extraordinary courage" of these men "who died in their youth while saving other lives - men and woman threatened by flames, and those of their own colleagues," his office said in a statement.
Police said an accidental gas leak caused the blasts.
"For us, it's a very difficult event to live through. We have difficulty in speaking calmly about the emotions we feel," a firefighter chief, Christian de Colloredo, told France-Info radio.
Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy, a former mayor of Neuilly, visited the scene of the accident to lend his support.
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09-15-2002, 02:15 PM #1
5 Paris, France LODD's
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09-15-2002, 02:50 PM #2
Thanks for posting that SconFire - Our prayers and thoughts are with all brothers in Paris and of course in Iowa on this sad day. I have close friends in Paris and if I find out anything I will post it here.
09-15-2002, 02:52 PM #3
Go in peace Brothers
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09-16-2002, 04:32 AM #4
Le Figaro (Paris newspaper) is suggesting this morning that the 'explosions' that killed five Paris firefighters on saturday night were most likely to have been caused by 'flashover' phenomena - or backdraft? Initially the Paris Deputy Fire Chief suggested backdraft - this was then amended by the police to account for the potential of 'gas' explosions - but the latest involves an interview with a French scientist who suggests 'corridor flashover' is part of the equation on cause.
A Systran translation of this mornings Le Figaro report appears here -
09-16-2002, 08:42 AM #5
Rest in peace, brothers."Let's roll." - Todd Beamer, one of a group of American soldiers who handed the terrorists their first defeat.
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09-16-2002, 10:09 AM #6
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The heavenly host has received some new members today. May our brothers rest in peace and may God comfort and aid their families.Chris Minick, P.E., Firefighter II
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09-16-2002, 11:18 AM #7
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My deepest sympathies to the families, to the Paris Fire Service and to all their brothers. May your fallen rest in eternal peace . My thoughts and prayers are with you.
09-16-2002, 08:47 PM #8
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