Gas leak causes explosion in Paris

Jan 13, 2019, 09:43 IST | Agencies

The incident, which occured at a bakery, led to the death of two firefighters

Gas leak causes explosion in Paris
Firefighters extinguish a fire after the explosion of a bakery on the corner of the streets Saint-Cecile and Rue de Trevise in central Paris. Pic/AFP

Two firefighters were killed and dozens injured after a gas leak led to an explosion at a bakery in central Paris on Saturday, emergency services said. The blast took place at 9.10 am (local time) at the bakery on Rue de Trevise in the 9th arrondissement of the French capital as firefighters were responding to reports of the leak. "The human toll is heavy — 12 people seriously injured, of which three are firefighters," prosecutor Rémy Heitz told reporters before the police confirmed the fatalities.

"At this stage, we can tell the origin of the explosion is accidental, a gas leak, but we should remain prudent as an ongoing investigation will determine the causes of this," he said. According to officials, five people were in a critical condition. An additional 24 people were also injured by the blast, but not critically, said a spokesman for the Paris Fire Brigade.

The explosion caused windows to shatter in the vicinity and glass to rattle over a larger area, while significant damage to the surrounding buildings and shops was visible on the streets. Pictures from the scene showed smashed windows and scattered debris across the street, as fire crews evacuated people from apartments above the bakery.
French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner, who visited the scene with Prime Minister Édouard Philippe and the city's Mayor Anne Hidalgo, said the situation was under control. He wrote earlier on Twitter that the toll of victims "will be heavy".

"More than 200 Paris firefighters are engaged in emergency operations," Castaner tweeted. "My first thoughts go to the wounded and their loved ones." The police advised the public to stay away from the area and to make space for emergency vehicles. Jean, a young man who lives in front of the bakery, said that several windows in his house were smashed after a rumble in the streets in a scene "that looked like an earthquake".

200
The no. of Paris firefighters engaged in emergency operations

Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates

This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

DISCLAIMER: mid-day and its affiliates shall have no liability for any views, thoughts and comments expressed on this article.

All you need to know about SC verdict on reopening dance bars in Mumbai

This website uses cookie or similar technologies, to enhance your browsing experience and provide personalised recommendations. By continuing to use our website, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. OK