Massive fire breaks out at Courchevel ski resort popular with celebrities and royals in the French Alps

Firefighters can also be seen climbing up a ladder to the top floor to try and help people out of the building. Mr Loiseau said an emergency call was made at around 4.30am, and that the fire raged for a full four hours until being ‘fully extinguished by 8.30am’.The two dead bodies were found underneath the rubble, and have yet to be identified, and at least four others are very seriously injured. Some 60 resort workers, including foreigners, were evacuated from the building in the upmarket Courchevel 1850 area after the pre-dawn blaze. It is believed that many of the people living in the block are from Brazil. Hundreds of people, mostly youngsters, move to the resort and are packed into wooden blocks every winter to cater to the rich and famous. Three of the four people badly injured were flown to hospital by helicopter, local officials said. The foot of the resort's toboggan run served as a landing zone for the helicopters. The cause of the fire is not immediately known but around 70 firemen had brought it under control by day-break. High-end shops such as Chanel and Chopard are under the staff accommodation on the street of the resort. Witnesses said they saw residents standing in their nightwear on the frozen streets of the resort this morning after fleeing from the fire. Two people have died and 22 have been injured in a massive blaze at a French Alps ski resort popular with Britons including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge today. The fire broke out early this morning in a three-storey residential block full of seasonal workers in the celebrity ski village Courchevel 1850, in eastern France. It spread to two nearby buildings ‘extremely fast leading to panicked occupants jumping out of windows to save their lives,’ said local government official Frederic Loiseau. Shocking videos from the scene show people jumping from windows to escape the flames and debris falling to the floor. It is thought that these people survived the blaze as firefighters found two bodies underneath the rubble of the accommodation block.
‘All my thoughts to the victims and their loved ones, as well as to the town’s emergency workers. 'Gratitude to the fire firefighters who have once done a remarkable job in extremely difficult conditions.’ White Storm, a ski rental company in the resort posted on their Facebook page about the fire. They wrote: 'A fire has broken out in the Isba building, next to our Courchevel 1850 shop, and we will not be able to open doors this morning. 'Our thoughts go to the two seasonnaires who have lost their lives, and all the others currently fighting for theirs.'
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