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Fire incidence claims 11 in Czech Republic

Police in the Czech Republic is investigating a fire incident that killed 11 people, including three children.

According to the BBC, Saturday’s fire, in a block of flats in the north-eastern town of Bohumin, has been described as the worst fire in the country’s history.

Six people died in the fire while five others died after jumping from an 11th-floor balcony in an attempt to escape the flames. Ten people, including two firemen and a police officer, were also injured.

Governor of the Moravia-Silesia region, Ivo Vondrak said the fire appeared to have been started deliberately.

According to eyewitness reports, a man was handcuffed at the scene after admitting to police he had started the fire. Police refused to comment on those claims but have confirmed that one person was arrested.

Bohumin is on the Czech-Polish border, some 300km (190 miles) east of the capital, Prague.


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