Eleven people died in a fire in an apartment building in the Czech Republic (VIDEO)

 

Eleven people died in a fire in an apartment building in the Czech Republic.

"The fire broke out in an apartment on the 11th floor," Lucas Pop, a spokesman for local firefighters, told AFP.

"Six people died on this floor, including three children and three adults - and a dog," he added.

"Our firefighters were on the scene really fast, but during the action five people jumped out of the window on the 12th floor and also died," Pop said.

Police initially reported ten dead in a fire in a 13-storey concrete apartment building in the town of Bochumin on the Czech-Polish border, about 300km east of the capital, Prague.

"The fire is localized, now we are moving the teams," Pop said, adding that investigators were investigating the cause of the deadly fire.

Czech Interior Minister Jan Hamacek said on Twitter that a firefighter had also been seriously injured in the blaze, which he described as a "huge tragedy".

"My deepest condolences to the victims," ​​he said, adding: "I wish a speedy recovery to the injured firefighter."

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