France: 11 missing as fire breaks out at holiday cottage for people with disabilities in Wintzenheim

At least 11 people went missing after a fire broke out at a holiday cottage in which they were staying in France, media reports said on Wednesday.

Fire breaks out at holiday cottage in France which leaves 11 people missing. Photo Courtesy: Pixabay

Nearly 80 firefighters were sent to douse the blaze in Wintzenheim, a commune in the Haut-Rhin département in north-eastern France.

Emergency services were alerted at 06:30 local time on Wednesday, according to a BBC report.

The property welcomed people with disabilities, the report added.

Seventeen people have been evacuated from the cottage and one person was rushed to hospital.

Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin wrote on X: "A fire took place early this morning in a structure welcoming disabled people in Wintzenheim, in the Haut-Rhin. Despite the rapid and courageous intervention of the firefighters, whom I salute, several victims are there. The intervention continues."