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Fire in residential building in Germany leaves 3 dead and 2 seriously injured

A fire in a residential building in western Germany killed three people and seriously injured two others on Thursday, authorities said.

The fire broke out overnight in a kiosk that is part of the building in Düsseldorf and spread to the entrance and the second floor, firefighters said in a statement. Firefighters used ladders to rescue several people from balconies.

Sixteen people were taken to hospital, firefighters said. The cause of the fire was unclear, police said.