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Children and woman missing after house fire

A wooden house in Steinerberg, canton Schwyz, has gone up in flames, leaving two children and an elderly woman missing.

The fire started in the early hours of the morning. Two adults and a toddler managed to escape from the inferno, and were taken to hospital.

One eyewitness said that the three survivors had suffered serious burns and smoke poisoning, online newspaper Blick reported.

Fire fighters searched the surrounding area and woods in search of the missing individuals, but none of the three were found.

Two girls, aged four and eight, and an elderly woman are missing, sources told Blick.

Fire fighters were prevented from entering the house for several hours due to the intensity of the flames.

Police have confirmed that they will release further information later on Monday.

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Man dies in car fire at Jura petrol station on New Year’s Eve

Police in the canton of Jura are investigating why a vehicle caught fire at a petrol station in the village of Breuleux on Sunday morning, killing the driver.

Man dies in car fire at Jura petrol station on New Year’s Eve
Photo: Jura police
Given the size of the fire and the fact it took place in a petrol station, a large team of 30 firefighters and eight fire engines was sent to tackle the blaze, police said in a statement.
 
Residents of four nearby apartment blocks were evacuated and one elderly person in shock received medical attention. 
 
Firefighters were unable to save the driver of the car, who was found dead inside the vehicle. 
 
According to Le Matin, the victim was a local musician and guitar teacher who was due to perform during the New Year’s Eve event of a local restaurant later that day.
 
Investigations are ongoing to determine why the car – a hybrid Toyota, according to the paper – burst into flames.