Suspect arrested in Paris arson that killed 10 was drunk

In this photo provided on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2012 by the Brigade de Sapeurs-Pompiers de Paris (Paris Fire Brigade), a fire rages through the top floors of an apartment building in Paris, France. Photo: AP/ Benoit Moser/BSPP
In this photo provided on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2012 by the Brigade de Sapeurs-Pompiers de Paris (Paris Fire Brigade), a fire rages through the top floors of an apartment building in Paris, France.

February 05, 2019 06:07 AM

A judicial official says that a suspect detained near a deadly Paris fire was drunk when she was arrested.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday as an investigation into voluntary arson resulting in death is ongoing.

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He said the 40-year-old female resident of the burned-out residence in rue Erlanger, in western Paris, was found to be drunk when apprehended on the street before dawn.

RELATED: Paris building fire claims 10 lives; arson suspected

Interior Minister Christophe Castaner told reporters at the scene of the blaze that authorities suspect the blaze was criminal in nature and that the detained female resident had "a history of psychiatric problems."

Paris' deadliest fire in over a decade claimed 10 lives, sending fleeing residents to the roof to escape the flames that engulfed their apartment building before dawn.

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