Paris Explosion: 3 Killed, 47 Injured In Blast At Bakery – By Unnikrishnan (ibtimes.com) / Jan 12 2019
A large explosion caused by a gas leak tore through central Paris on Saturday morning, killing three people and injurig scores.
Two of the dead were firefighters who were responding to the gas leak in a bakery on the Rue de Trevise in the 9th district of the French capital. A Spanish woman was the third person confirmed dead. The blast occured around 9 a.m. local time (3 a.m. EST).
Some 47 people were injured in the blast, 10 of them seriously; among the seriously injured was a firefighter. Some of the injured were evacuated using helicopters.
French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said “a dramatic explosion” occured when the firefighters were investigating the leak, adding one of the firemen was buried under debris for several hours.
À cette heure, 2 sapeurs-pompiers de la brigade des @PompiersParis sont décédés.
10 personnes sont en urgence absolue dont un sapeur-pompier.
37 personnes sont en urgence relative.
Immense tristesse. Soutien aux familles des victimes.
La Nation s’incline devant leur douleur. pic.twitter.com/sXbEETBLuD
— Christophe Castaner (@CCastaner) January 12, 2019
The ground floor of the building was gutted and windows in adjacent buildings were blown out. Police evacuated the area. Pictures from Twitter showed buildings on fire and firefighters trying to extinguish the flames amid the debris scattered by the blast. Several nearby buildings including a theater were damaged; parked cars were overturned by the explosion.
Emergency services still tending to injured people at the scene of the gas explosion in Central Paris. pic.twitter.com/xmeXDTtx5X
— Oliver Miočić (@olivermiocic) January 12, 2019
UPDATE: Multiple injuries after explosion in Paris bakery believed linked to gas leak – French police
— TRT World Now (@TRTWorldNow) January 12, 2019
#paris explosion: Devastation as blast rips through block in #Frenchcapital
Shocking images show buildings on
It is thought the fire originated in a bakery on the Rue de #Trevise in Paris' ninth arondissement and was followed by an explosion. pic.twitter.com/HhNDU1KSFq
— Jeremy Song (@tezuma75) January 12, 2019
Paris and other French cities have been the site of the “yellow vest” protests in recent weeks, and the authorities were bracing for another day of violence and vandalism Saturday. But the blast was not linked to the protests, or terrorism.
“At this stage we can say (the blast) is clearly an accident,” Paris prosecutor Remi Heitz told reporters. But he said investigations were just beginning to ascertain the cause of the leak. Paris has suffered a string of attacks from Islamists in recent years.
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