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The cause of the blaze is still unclear
BBC: Fatal blaze guts Parisian hotel
At least 12 of the wounded were in a serious condition after the blaze, in the city's 9th arrondissement.
The fire, which broke out at about 0200 (0000 GMT), gutted the six-storey Paris-Opera hotel.
Some of the guests leapt from windows to escape the flames
It is not clear who was staying in the hotel.
Is the cause of this fire any clearer today???? Things that make ya go HMMMMMMMMM
The prosecutor's office opened an investigation for manslaughter, judicial officials said. "At this stage, we have no indication that it was anything but an accident," Interior Minister Dominique de Villepin said at the scene.