Four people were killed on Saturday evening in the fire of their house in Trans, in the north of Mayenne, the Laval prosecutor’s office announced on Sunday, according to which three children could be among the victims.
The house affected by the fire “was occupied by a family made up of a couple and four children aged 13, four, three and two,” said Laval public prosecutor Anne-Lyse Jarthon in a press release. .
Autopsies scheduled for Tuesday
The 42-year-old father “succeeded in being extracted from the burning house as well as the two-year-old child” whose life is not in danger. The man was meanwhile “helicoptered in a state of absolute emergency and his vital prognosis is engaged”, specifies the press release.
Significant emergency resources were deployed and several hours were needed to control and put an end to the fire, adds the prosecution. “At the end of the intervention operations, four lifeless bodies were discovered inside the house. It could be the other members of the family, namely the 37-year-old woman, and the three children aged 13, four and three years old, ”continues Anne-Lyse Jarthon.
Autopsies of the deceased will be carried out on Tuesday by the forensic institute of Angers. An investigation has been opened to clarify the circumstances of this tragedy but “the first investigations suggest as it stands that this fire could have an accidental origin”, according to the prosecutor of Laval.