On the night of Monday May 16 to Tuesday May 17, around 1:10 a.m., a fire broke out at the restaurant “Le Plan B”, avenue du Général-de-Gaulle in Briançon.
The alert was “given by residents of the hotel” Le Vauban “adjoining the said restaurant”, said in a press release this Tuesday morning, the public prosecutor of Gap Florent Crouhy.
If the fire was quickly put out by the firefighters, it prevented the 19 people present in the hotel from going out by the stairs. They had to wait on the balconies to be finally evacuated by ladders. Among them, two people bothered by the fumes were evacuated to the Escartons hospital in Briançon. The operation, which mobilized 35 firefighters, ended around 4 a.m. after ventilation of the premises.
According to the Gap prosecutor, police officers from the Briançon police station, present at the scene of the alert, noted “a break-in on the glass door of the restaurant and a fire starting in the middle of the establishment in the dining room. restaurant”.
During the night, the Gap prosecutor’s office opened a judicial investigation “for destruction and willful degradation by fire”. An investigation entrusted to the urban security brigade of the Briançon police station.
“The first elements collected on the spot by the investigators do not leave[ent] little doubt as to the criminal origin of this fire”, according to Florent Crouhy.
This Tuesday morning, the mayor of Briançon Arnaud Murgia (DVD) reacted to this disaster, hailing “the heroism of the firefighters”. He specifies that he had the people of the hotel relocated to the Oxygenation Centre.