Fire destroys Méribel apartments

10th March 2012, by Chris Gill

Méribel chalets  (c) OT Méribel

Méribel chalets (c) OT Méribel

A large apartment building in Méribel, France, went up in flames early on Saturday morning (10 March).

According to local reports, the fire started in the early hours of the morning, engulfing a building at 1600m in the Morel part of the resort. The fire quickly spread to neighbouring chalets and fire fighters took several hours to bring the flames under control.

The cause of the fire is as yet unknown, but is thought to have begun on one of the apartment balconies. Five different buildings are said to have been damaged, although no one was thought to have been injured. But in daylight, the damage looks pretty severe.

Police and fire fighters have remained on site throughout the day to make sure that the fire doesn’t start again. There is still plenty of smoke coming from the buildings, and the wood-clad chalets are obviously at risk of further damage.

We will update with further detail, should we know more.

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