11 dead after man deliberately started fire at apartment tower in Czech Republic

A fire in at a block an apartment building killed 11 people including three children in Czech Republic.

The fire on Saturday in the north-eastern town of Bohumin, has been described as the worst fire in the country’s history.

Six people died in the fire, while five people died after jumping from the 11th floor balcony.

Eight people and two fire personnel  were injured.

Bohumin is on the Czech-Polish border, about 300km east of capital Prague.

The governor of the Moravia-Silesia region Ivo Vondrak has claimed that the fire was started deliberately.

According to eyewitness reports, a man was handcuffed at the scene after calmly admitting to police he had started the blaze.