Ex­plo­sion rocks Paris

Gas leak blamed for bak­ery blast

Sunday Tasmanian - - News - ELLEN WHINNETT

A HUGE blast has rocked cen­tral Paris, set­ting build­ings and cars alight, in­jur­ing 20 peo­ple and leav­ing at least two fight­ing for their lives.

The ex­plo­sion, trig­gered by a gas leak at a bak­ery, hap­pened on the Rue de Tre­vise in the 9th ar­rondisse­ment com­mer­cial dis­trict yes­ter­day about 9am lo­cal time ( 8pm AEST).

Fire­fight­ers and po­lice used lad­ders to evac­u­ate peo­ple from dam­aged build­ings and dozens of fire trucks were called to con­tain the blaze.

Emer­gency work­ers treated some of the in­jured at the scene and he­li­copters landed on the nearby Place de l’Opera to evac­u­ate vic­tims.

French jour­nal­ists at the scene said the win­dows of build­ings along the en­tire block on the Rue de Tre­vise were blown out.

In­te­rior Min­is­ter Christo- phe Cas­taner said “the sit­u­a­tion is un­der con­trol” but warned the ex­plo­sion had caused a “heavy toll”.

Po­lice cars and dozens of fire­fight­ing trucks could be seen parked along the streets, and aban­doned bi­cy­cles, rub­bish bins and build­ing ma­te­ri­als were strewn across roads. De­bris and bro­ken glass lit­tered the pave­ment.

Fire­fight­ers were go­ing door to door, in­spect­ing ad- join­ing court­yards. A ve­hi­cle from gas com­pany GRDF was sta­tioned nearby.

De­spite ini­tial fears of a ter­ror at­tack po­lice quickly ruled the blast was caused by a gas leak at the patis­serie on the cor­ner of the streets Saint-Ce­cile and Rue de Tre­vise.

Wit­nesses de­scribed to French tele­vi­sion the enor­mity of the blast and said peo­ple were trapped in nearby build­ings.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.