Two killed and 22 hurt in blaze at French Alps ski resort

Two killed and 22 hurt in blaze at French Alps ski resort

Two people have been killed and 25 others injured in a large blaze that broke out on Sunday in the French ski resort of Courchevel, local authorities said.

Courchevel is known as the winter playground for the rich and famous, in recent years attracting Russian billionaires prepared to pay €150,000 or more for a chalet for a week.

About 70 firefighters battled the fire for four hours before bringing it under control.

The Savoie prefecture said the Albertville prosecutor has opened an investigation into the cause of the fire.

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Firefighters found the two unidentified bodies in a burnt-out area of the building in the upmarket Courchevel 1850 ski station.

Three of the four seriously injured have been taken to hospital by helicopter, local officials said.

Footage from the scene shows fire crews using ladders to try and rescue people from inside the three-storey building.

Witness Yarik Zanuda said the fire started at around five this morning and he saw 'two guys jumping from the building, they were crippled and they were hospitalized'.

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