Dozens evacuated after fire in Geneva apartment building

Updated with information on the fire occurred in Libellules on Friday 7 October. (See bottom of page)

fire-in-petit-saconnex-geneva1GENEVA, Switzerland – More than 40 residents of two buildings in Petit-Saconnex in canton Geneva had to be evacuated after a fire broke out early in the morning.

The fire which occurred at 54 chemin des Coudriers, at around 06:30 today, also affected the building next door.

A witness told Léman Bleu TV that he and his family had to be evacuated through a balcony. Firefighters confirmed that there were 20 ladder rescues.

A city spokesperson said at least 13 people had to be taken to hospitals to be treated for smoke inhalation with three of them seriously affected by the toxic fumes.

Twenty-six more were treated at the scene.

Authorities say the cause of the blaze is still unknown.

Meanwhile, on Friday 7 October, another fire took place in the Libellules area (near Lignon/Charmilles).  According to authorities, more than 20 professional and volunteer firefighters from Vernier in 12 vehicles were needed to control the fire.

Two persons were treated for smoke inhalation.

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