Europe

5 dead in apartment fire near French national stadium

  • A burned building is seen in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, Tuesday, June 7, 2016. A fire in an apartment building near France's national stadium left at least five people dead and 11 injured. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

    A burned building is seen in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, Tuesday, June 7, 2016. A fire in an apartment building near France's national stadium left at least five people dead and 11 injured. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)  (The Associated Press)

  • A police officer works next to a burned building, in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, Tuesday, June 7, 2016. A fire in an apartment building near France's national stadium left at least five people dead and 11 injured. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

    A police officer works next to a burned building, in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, Tuesday, June 7, 2016. A fire in an apartment building near France's national stadium left at least five people dead and 11 injured. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)  (The Associated Press)

  • People gather next to a burned building, in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, Tuesday, June 7, 2016. A fire in an apartment building near France's national stadium left at least five people dead and 11 injured. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

    People gather next to a burned building, in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, Tuesday, June 7, 2016. A fire in an apartment building near France's national stadium left at least five people dead and 11 injured. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)  (The Associated Press)

A fire in an apartment building near France's national stadium left at least five people dead and 11 injured.

The cause of the Monday night blaze in the town of Saint-Denis is being investigated, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said in a statement Tuesday.

Fire service spokesman Yvon Bot said the blaze was in a stairwell in the building, and warned that it would take some time to clear it out and assess the overall damage.

It occurred days before the opening of the European Championship soccer tournament, a monthlong event around France that kicks off with a match Friday at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis.