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France Restaurant Fire Kills 3

August 23, 1999

AVIGNON, France (AP) _ Three people were killed and four injured early Monday after arsonists set fire to a restaurant in southern France, fire officials said.

The fire started at about 5 a.m. in a restaurant in the southern town of Vaison-la-Romaine and quickly spread to a neighborg apartment building, trapping residents inside. The officials said the fire was followed by an explosion.

Fire fighters were able to quickly control the blaze, but discovered three bodies in the neighboring building’s stairwell. Other residents were able to escape with minor injuries.

The fire was set with gasoline and police arrested three suspects later Monday. Police believe the arsonists were settling a personal dispute.

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