Three dead, 47 injured in Paris bakery explosion
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.