Death toll from bak­ery blast at three

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A Span­ish fe­male tourist was killed in a pow­er­ful ex­plo­sion in the cen­tre of Paris on Sat­ur­day morn­ing, bring­ing the blast’s death toll up to three, French In­te­rior Min­istry said.

The Span­ish na­tional, who was among the ten se­ri­ously wounded peo­ple, suc­cumbed to her in­juries in the af­ter­noon.

Two fire­fight­ers, aged 27 and 28 years, also lost their lives due to a “dra­matic ex­plo­sion” which hap­pened as “they were look­ing for a gas leak in the build­ing”, In­te­rior Min­is­ter Christophe Cas­taner said ear­lier on Sat­ur­day.

At least 37 oth­ers, mostly passersby, had lighter in­juries.

The ex­plo­sion oc­curred at around 9am (0800 GMT) in a closed bak­ery on the Rue de Tre­vise in the 9th dis­trict of Paris due to a sus­pected gas leak.

Tele­vi­sion im­ages showed the cap­i­tal’s shop­ping dis­trict turned to a dev­as­tat­ing site. The huge blast blew out the en­tire ground floor of the build­ing, with store­fronts blown out and win­dows shat­tered up to the fourth floor.

Shop win­dows were smashed, other build­ings and parked ve­hi­cles were also dam­aged by the force of the blast.

More than 200 fire­fight­ers and 100 po­lice of­fi­cers have been de­ployed. Two he­li­copters also landed on the nearby Place de l’Opera to evac­u­ate vic­tims. The Re­gional Direc­torate of Ju­di­cial Po­lice has opened an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the ex­plo­sion.

Three are dead and 47 are in­jured after the bak­ery blast.

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