Paris:(Web Desk) A fire in a bar in the northern French town of Rouen killed thirteen people and injured another six, the interior ministry said in a statement on Saturday.
A judicial inquiry has been opened to determine the cause of the blaze, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said in a statement.
The local Paris-Normandy newspaper said the fire ignited in the basement of the Cuba Libre bar, which was rented for the evening for the birthday celebration.
The paper, without citing sources, said the ceiling quickly ignited when candles were lit. The neighbourhood was blocked off, and Rouen Mayor Yvon Robert was on the scene.
More than 50 firefighters battled the blaze at the bar in the city centre, said Bernard Cazeneuve.
Rouen this week held the funeral of an elderly priest who was knifed at a church altar in a nearby town in a militant attack. The funeral Mass was held at the Rouen cathedral on Tuesday.