22 pain in France building fire: Fire department

TOULOUSE, FRANCE: Twenty-two people were injured, two seriously, when a fire swept through an apartment building in the southwestern French city of Toulouse, the fire service told AFP on Thursday.

Part of the four-storey building collapsed and guests from a neighbouring hotel were also evacuated, said fire lieutenant-colonel Sylvain Gergaud.

"The fire spread very quickly through the lift shift," he said.

Two firemen were among the casualties.

The blaze had been brought under control by daybreak.

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