Eleven die in fire in Czech Republic tower block

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Eleven die in fire in Czech Republic tower block


Scene of a fire at a block of flats in Bohumin, Czech Republic

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The fire broke out on Saturday afternoon

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

Saturday’s blaze, 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 blaze and another five were killed after jumping from an 11th floor balcony in an attempt to escape the flames.

Ten people, including two firemen and a police officer, were injured.

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

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