PARIS (AP) — A Paris fire service spokesman says 11 people including eight children have been hit by lightning in a Paris park after a sudden spring storm overtook a child’s birthday party.

The victims had sought shelter Saturday under a tree at Park Monceau, a popular weekend hangout for well-to-do families in Paris.

Spokesman Eric Moulin says six of those electrocuted were seriously injured, including four children and two adults — and four of them were in life-threatening condition. He said a further five people were slightly injured, including four children and another adult.

Moulin says the fireman saw nine of the 11 victims prone on the ground under a tree at Park Monceau, a popular weekend hangout for well-to-do families in Paris. He said the fireman administered first aid, including heart massages, and helped direct rescuers to the scene.

Moulin says “without his actions, it would have been much worse.”

He gave the children’s ages as around 9 years old.

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