Three die in ex­plo­sion at Paris bak­ery

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - - Worldwide -

Two fire­fight­ers and one Span­ish tourist were killed and 47 in­jured in an ex­plo­sion yes­ter­day at a bak­ery in cen­tral Paris — ap­par­ently caused by a gas leak.

Fire­fight­ers pulled in­jured vic­tims from win­dows and evac­u­ated res­i­dents as smoke bil­lowed over Rue de Tre­vise in the 9th ar­rondisse­ment of north-cen­tral Paris, around the cor­ner from the Folies-Berg­ere the­atre.

The fire­fight­ers were al­ready at the scene to in­ves­ti­gate a sus­pected gas leak at the bak­ery when the ex­plo­sion hap­pened.

The ac­ci­dent oc­curred with Paris un­der lock­down for a ninth con­sec­u­tive Satur­day of “yel­low vest” protests, with large parts of the French cap­i­tal blocked off by riot po­lice.

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