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BODY'S DISCOVERY RAISES HOTEL FIRE TOLL TO 22

Firefighters sorting through the debris of a burned-out Paris hotel found the body of a small child Sunday, raising the death toll from Friday's blaze to 22, police said. Half of the victims were children.

The fire at the Paris Opera hotel, housing mostly people in need who were placed there by social services, was Paris' worst in recent memory.

Police said firefighters digging through debris early Sunday discovered the child's body. The body of a woman was found Friday night, hours after the blaze had been extinguished. The nationalities of the dead have not been provided.

The overcrowded 32-room hotel, in a district popular with tourists, was meant to accommodate 61 people, but at least 90 were known to be living there.

A manslaughter investigation has begun, but officials suggested the devastation caused by the fire may mean the probe will be lengthy.

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