suspect arrested in Spain

Two seasonal workers died in a building fire in Courchevel on January 20, 2019.

The suspect in the fire in a building in Courchevel (Savoie) who caused the death of two seasonal workers in January 2019 was arrested on Wednesday January 25 in Malaga (Spain), announced justice. He had been on the run since the spring of 2021.

“The surrender procedure [aux autorités françaises] on European arrest warrant is in progress”told Agence France-Presse (AFP) the prosecutor of Chambéry, Pierre-Yves Michau.

In his twenties, this Algerian national, known to the police for acts related to drug trafficking, was arrested in March 2019. He had been indicted for “destruction by fire resulting in death”, “destruction by fire resulting in total incapacity for work for more than eight days” and “weapon possession”.

He was immediately placed in pre-trial detention, but was released by the investigating chamber of the Chambéry Court of Appeal in early April 2021, due to a procedural defect, then placed under judicial supervision.

A “non-compliant” premises according to the investigation

A well-known businessman in the resort, the owner of the building where the seasonal workers were housed had been indicted at the end of 2021 for ” manslaughter “, “involuntary injuries resulting in total incapacity for work for more than three months”, “unintentional injuries resulting in an ITT not exceeding three months” and “violation of the provisions of the local urban plan”.

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He had also been placed under the status of assisted witness for “non-compliance with maintenance and safety rules for residential buildings”and “accommodation of workers in non-compliant premises”.

Two of the seasonal workers, a 32-year-old woman and a 50-year-old man, died in the fire in this 1970s building on January 20, 2019, and around twenty others were injured.

Courchevel, one of the most chic resorts in the Alps, is home to a number of starred restaurants, palaces and grand hotels, luxury chalets and an altiport at an altitude of 1,850 metres. It welcomes some 5,000 seasonal workers every winter.

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The World with AFP

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