France: Fire kills 13 people in a bar birthday party

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A fire that killed 13 people at a bar in the French city of Rouen was caused by someone carrying a birthday cake with lighted candles, police say.

Officials believe the person tripped on stairs leading to the basement.

They say soundproofing material on the ceiling of the basement at the Cuba Libre bar burned and emitted toxic gas in the early hours of Saturday.

Most of the young people who died were killed by this gas. Six others were hurt. One is in a critical condition.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said more than 50 firefighters were called to the fire. An inquiry is now under way.

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