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Ten people including a baby died in western Paris on Tuesday morning when a huge fire ripped through an apartment block in a suspected “criminal” act.

One woman has been placed in custody as part of the investigation with the authorities favouring a “criminal” cause for the blaze, Paris prosecutor Remy Heitz said.

Thirty-seven people, including six firefighters, were injured. One of the wounded has been described as an “absolute emergency” by the city’s fire brigade revealed, meaning the injury is life-threatening.

A fire service spokesperson told the AFP news agency that the death toll could rise as authorities inspect the site.