Paris ‘gas explosion’ kills three in city centre

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Two firefighters along that has a Spanish woman have been killed after a huge blast at a bakery in France’s capital, Paris.

The emergency services were responding to a gas leak when “a dramatic explosion” occurred, said Inside Minister Christophe Castaner.

Forty-seven people were injured, 10 seriously, inside blast on rue de Trévise at around 09:00 (08:00 GMT).

of which happened near the Paris Opera, a common tourist area, along with was felt several streets away.

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inside immediate aftermath, overturned cars along with debris coming from different shop fronts littered the street in front of the burning bakery as people stood around, looking stunned by the force of the explosion.

The Spanish woman, who was on holiday with her husband in Paris, died in hospital after the blast, while another Spanish national was also injured.

What happened?

The Hubert bakery at 6, rue de Trévise was not due to be open at the time of the blast, Le Parisien newspaper reports.

A gas leak had been reported inside building along with firefighters had been on their way to deal with of which when the explosion occurred.

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Firefighters were hurt inside blast

Helicopters landed on the nearby place de l’Opéra to evacuate the injured.

Some 150 people sought refuge inside city’s 9th district town hall after the blast, the deputy Paris mayor in charge of security, Colombe Brossel, told French radio.

A passing journalist, Emily Molli, described the vast extent of the damage.

One Paris counsellor has pointed out of which the city’s gas network can be in “a catastrophic state”.

“of which has aged a lot along with, above all, of which can be poorly signposted,” Alexandre Vesperini told Le Parisien newspaper.

How did residents react?

A resident named Killian was asleep when the explosion blew in his windows. Everybody inside building came downstairs, he said, along with he could hear screaming.

The blast also destroyed a theatre, he told French news channel BFMTV.

“I was sleeping along with woke up by the blast wave,” Claire Sallavuard told AFP.

“All the windows inside apartment exploded, doors were blown off their hinges, I had to walk on the door to leave the room, all the kids were panicking, they couldn’t get out of their room.”

The family used a ladder to leave the building coming from the first floor with the help of firefighters.

inside streets, dozens of tourists, suitcases in hand, were evacuated coming from the area’s many hotels, AFP reports.

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At least 20 people were hurt

Paula Nagui, a receptionist at the nearby Diva Hotel, said there had been an “enormous blast” of which shattered all the windows.

Anxious guests had received assurances of which of which was not a terror attack, she told Le Parisien.

,, 12 January 2019 | 2:16 pm

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