UPDATE 2 - 11 killed when fire engulfs care home for disabled people in France

UPDATE 2 - 11 killed when fire engulfs care home for disabled people in France

17 people rescued from blaze that swept through care home for disabled in northeastern France

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By Nur Asena Erturk and Alaattin Dogru

Firefighters on Wednesday recovered 11 bodies from the burned remains of a care home in northeastern France after a fire swept through it.

The fire started at around 6.30 a.m. local time (0830GMT) in a care home for the disabled in the Haut-Rhin department, local broadcaster BFMTV reported.

Firefighters evacuated 17 people, and one of them was taken to the hospital, police said earlier. Nathalie Kielwasser, deputy prosecutor for Colmar, said 11 people died at the scene.

President Emmanuel Macron expressed his sorrow in a tweet. "My thoughts are with the victims, the injured, and their families," he said and thanked the rescue teams for their efforts.

Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne also deplored the "horrible fire" and said she was on her way to visit the scene.

The care home was a private center dedicated to taking care of the disabled, which was located in the town of Wintzenheim and used by a group from the nearby city of Nancy, according to BFMTV.

Firefighters took control of the blaze very quickly, but not before it had burned 300 square meters (3,230 square feet) of the 500-square-meter (5,382-square-foot) building, broadcaster France Bleu reported.

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