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Two dead in French retirement home blaze

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09:49 CET+01:00

Two people died and a dozen were injured early on Friday when a fire broke out in a retirement home at La Rochefoucauld in the Charente region of southwest France, officials said.

The blaze spread after breaking out in a ground floor room killing two of the 81 pensioners. Twelve more were hospitalised, local officials said.

The reasons for the fire were not immediately known.

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