At least 13 people have been killed, and a further six injured, following a fire, at a bar, in the French city of Rouen.
A fire during a birthday party at a bar in the northern French city of Rouen has killed at least 13 people and injured six.
Candles on a birthday cake started the fire at the Cuba Libre bar, which began around midnight on Saturday.
The polystyrene ceiling of the basement room where the celebration was taking place caught fire, according to AFP.
Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said more than 50 firefighters were called to the fire.
The victims were aged between 18 and 25, local news reported.
An official told AFP that the polystyrene ceiling tiles released a gas which poisoned the victims, “The group was unable to leave the basement and most of the victims died of asphyxiation.”