ARSON PROBE: Man held after fire at flats injuring 18 people in Spain

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ARRESTED: Man is detained after blaze in Calle Arago in Barcelona CREDIT: Wikimedia Commons

EIGHTEEN people suffered injuries as a result of smoke inhalation during a fire at a residential building in the centre of Barcelona this morning (Monday).

Cataluña police have arrested a man in connection with the blaze, and an investigation has been launched.

Firefighters received a call just before 5.30am, and 11 vehicles from the Barcelona Fire Department, and nine ambulances from the Sistema d’Emergencies Mediques (SEM) attended the fire in Calle Arago.

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As a precaution, the whole building was evacuated, and sources claim the structure of the building appears not to have been affected.

Traffic was cut off for an hour and a half, with lanes reopening at 8am, though crews were still working to extinguish the flames.

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