13 people die during birthday party after cake with candles fell to the floor setting the carpet on fire


Birthday cake and candles (illustration) 
By: Feng Qian

(Scroll down for video) About 20 people who attended a birthday party, were killed or injured after the cake with candles fell to the floor, setting the carpet on fire, police in France said.

Rouen police said that the incident unfolded at the Cuba Libre bar, where the 20 people were celebrating the birthday party of their loved one.

According to the police investigation, as the birthday cake, which was decorated with candles and sparklers, was brought into the room, it fell to the floor, setting the carpet on fire.

The room quickly filled with fire and smoke, killing 13 people and injuring 6 others. Nearly all people were burned to death while some died as the result of the smoke.

The mayor of the city described the incident as a horrible accident. Residents initially feared that the incident was a terrorist attack by ISIS.