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Paris suburb blaze leaves 5 children fighting for life

A firefighter in Nimes, France on November 5, 2014. AFP/PASCAL GUYOT

Some 100 firefighters were needed to put out Sunday's residential building blaze outside Paris, which left seven people with serious injuries, including five children in "life-threatening" condition.

Some 16 people, including 10 police officers and a firefighter, were also slightly hurt in the blaze in the north-eastern Paris suburb of Aubervilliers, according to the fire service.

The fire took hold in the attic of a building with two floors.

According to a police source, people used windows to escape the flames while others sought refuge on the roof.

The cause of the blaze remains unknown, the fire service added.

Paris firefighters tweeted a picture of rescue operations once the flames were put out.

"Aubervilliers is once again touched by a serious fire," the town's mayor Meriem Derkaoui said on Twitter, adding that the site of the fire was a private residence but that the town needed to look into the conditions of its occupation.

In the same town less than a month ago, a fire in a housing complex killed a mother and her three children aged 18 months to six years, and left nine others injured.