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Fire in block of flats kills one resident and injures 32 others 

PAGE 18 Fire in block of flats  kills one resident and injures 32 others

A 70-year-old women died and 32 people were injured, some of them children, in an early morning fire in a high-rise block of flats in Spain.

The blaze broke out in Granada just after 5am and was so fierce that many of the terrified residents had to climb up to the roof to escape the flames and toxic fumes which were blocking their path. Others are reported to have jumped into the pool of the complex.

Because the fire broke out somewhere near the front doors, it was described by police as “like a mousetrap”.

The 32 people were overcome by smoke and ten of them were taken to hospital for treatment. Three are children, aged five, seven and eight.

Police said the fire started somewhere on the lower floor and spread upwards with speed. The cause is being investigated.

The emergency services reported seeing “many people hanging out of the windows, with flames behind them.”

They were rescued by firemen on their ladders. The crews then had to go throughout the damaged building knocking on doors to make sure no-one else was inside.