Paris bak­ery blast death toll rises to 4

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THE Paris Fire Depart­ment said res­cuers have found a woman’s body un­der the rub­ble of a bak­ery in Paris that was blown apart by a pow­er­ful ex­plo­sion, bring­ing the over­all death toll to four.

The blast on Satur­day morn­ing in the Rue de Tre­vise in north-cen­tral Paris also in­jured dozens of peo­ple.

Paris Fire Depart­ment spokesman Eric Moulin told re­porters yes­ter­day that nine peo­ple were still in crit­i­cal con­di­tion from the ex­plo­sion that dev­as­tated a Paris street and 45 oth­ers also in­jured but not as se­ri­ously.

He had said ear­lier res­cuers were search­ing for a miss­ing woman liv­ing in the build­ing where the bak­ery was lo­cated.

Paris prose­cu­tor Remy Heitz said Satur­day the cause of the blast ap­peared to be ac­ci­den­tal. He said fire­fight­ers were al­ready on the scene to in­ves­ti­gate a sus­pected gas leak when the ex­plo­sion hap­pened.

Two fire­fight­ers are among the dead. About 30 fire­fight­ers were yes­ter­day search­ing for other po­ten­tial vic­tims, amid a moun­tain of de­bris and wrecked cars.

Twelve neigh­bor­ing build­ings dam­aged by the blast have been evac­u­ated. Tem­po­rary shel­ter has been pro­vided for about 40 res­i­dents while dozens more are be­ing housed by fam­ily and friends, au­thor­i­ties said.

(AP)

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