Paris bakery blast: 4 killed and shops damaged
AT least four people were killed and several injured in a massive explosion triggered by a gas leak in Paris on January 12.
The blast gutted the ground floor of a building in central Paris.
Police sources said that the explosion took place inside a bakery on the rue Trevise in the Grands Boulevards district of Paris.
The blast was so powerful that besides destroying the bakery, it also shattered nearby storefronts.
Witnesses said that even buildings that are hundreds of metres away from the blast site were also affected by the explosion. Photographs from the blast scene show that many vehicles that were parked near the building were also damaged. The blast comes at a time when Paris has been witnessing near regular agitations under the 'yellow vest' protest against the government taxation and neo-liberal policies.
Speaking about the blast, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner told reporters in Paris that the ‘situation is now under control’
The minister said more than 200 firemen were involved in the rescue operation. A fire service spokesman said the building hit by the blast needed to be reinforced as clearing operations in the area could continue for about a week. The Paris ninth district is home to restaurants and tourist attractions including the Musee Grevin wax museum and the popular Rue des Martyrs.
India Today TV/ Reuters
Vehicles parked near the blast site were damaged.