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Vaud apartment fire kills pets, injures tenants

An investigation is continuing into an apartment fire in Moudon, a town in the northern part of the canton of Vaud, that forced the evacuation of 34 people on Sunday night.

Vaud apartment fire kills pets, injures tenants
View of the town of Moudon. Photo: Roland Zumbühl

Several people were injured in the blaze that broke out in an apartment on the first floor of the four-storey building just before 7.30pm, Vaud cantonal police said.

One person was taken to the Payerne hospital and four were treated for injuries outside the building, cantonal police said.

Several pets, including a dog, two cats and two rabbits, died in the fire, police said.

Fire fighters used a ladder truck to evacuate four residents from one of the building’s 15 apartments.

The town’s civil protection service looked after evacuated residents, some of whom were housed with relatives.

Two apartments sustained significant damage and will not be usable for some time, police indicated.

The tenants will be either rehoused by the municipality or by relatives, police added.

Around 50 emergency response officials responded to the fire, including 22 fire fighters with seven vehicles.

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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.