Three dead, 47 in­jured in Paris bak­ery ex­plo­sion

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - COMMENT - By An­gela Charl­ton

TWO fire­fight­ers and a Span­ish woman have been killed and 47 in­jured in an ex­plo­sion at a bak­ery that was ap­par­ently caused by a gas leak in cen­tral Paris.

Fire­fight­ers pulled in­jured vic­tims from win­dows and evac­u­ated res­i­dents as smoke bil­lowed over Rue de Tre­vise in the 9th ar­rondisse­ment of north­cen­tral Paris.

The Paris prose­cu­tor’s of­fice said that two fire­fight­ers have been killed in the bak­ery blast, cor­rect­ing the over­all fig­ure of four dead given ear­lier by France’s in­te­rior min­is­ter.

Span­ish For­eign Min­is­ter Josep Bor­rell re­vealed that a Span­ish woman was also killed in the blast.

Author­i­ties said 10 peo­ple were in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion and 37 oth­ers less se­ri­ously in­jured. In­te­rior Min­is­ter Christophe Cas­taner told re­porters at the scene ‘un­for­tu­nately the hu­man toll is par­tic­u­larly se­ri­ous’. He paid trib­ute to the courage of res­cuers who no­tably saved the life of one fire­fighter who was buried un­der the rub­ble for twoand-a-half hours.

Paris Mayor Anne Hi­dalgo, who was also at the scene, ex­tended a ‘mes­sage of af­fec­tion and sol­i­dar­ity’ to the vic­tims.

One wit­ness told re­porters that she was awak­ened by the blast, and feared it was an­other ter­ror­ist at­tack. The ex­plo­sion came as the French cap­i­tal is un­der heavy se­cu­rity for yel­low vest protests.

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