Several injured in Paris gas blast

Frederick Owens
January 12, 2019

Police suspect a gas leak caused the explosion which occurred in a bakery around 09:00 (08:00 GMT).

Police said the massive explosion, likely caused by a gas leak, gutted the ground floor of the building. Firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze and exacuate some people from the building using ladders while emergency workers treated some of the injured at the scene.

Interior Minister Christophe Castaner told reporters at the scene that "the situation is now under control".

Bloomberg reported that the Paris police spokeswoman confirmed several injuries have been reported to police but no deaths.

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The explosion took place on the Rue de Trevise, causing fire and chaos on the adjacent streets, local witnesses and journalists report. He said more than 200 firemen were involved in the rescue operation.

The blast was so loud it left his ears ringing, said Mr Goncalves, who suffered minor abrasions. He said that the hotel was "destroyed" in the blast.

Pictures from the scene show debris cluttering the streets and smoke surrounding buildings with smashed windows.

The blast came with the city on edge ahead of expected protests by "yellow vest" anti-government demonstrations, which have often degenerated into violence and vandalism in Paris and other cities in recent weeks.

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