2 fire­fight­ers die as huge gas blast hits Paris bak­ery

The Mail on Sunday - - News -

THREE peo­ple – two of them fire­fight­ers – were killed yesterday in a huge blast at a bak­ery in Paris.

A fur­ther 47 peo­ple were in­jured in the ex­plo­sion, which was caused by a sus­pected gas leak. Fire crews had just ar­rived at the scene when the blast hap­pened.

Res­cuers man­aged to pull the wounded from the site and evac­u­ated nearby build­ings as smoke bil­lowed over Rue de Tre­vise in the 9th ar­rondisse­ment.

Of­fi­cials con­firmed that two fire­fight­ers were killed in the blast, which hap­pened at 9am lo­cal time. The third vic­tim was a Span­ish woman on hol­i­day with her hus­band. The El Pais news­pa­per re­ported the cou­ple had been stay­ing in a ho­tel near the bak­ery.

Paris au­thor­i­ties said last night that ten of the in­jured were in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion.

French in­te­rior min­is­ter Christophe Cas­taner said: ‘Un­for­tu­nately, the hu­man toll is par­tic­u­larly se­ri­ous.’

He paid trib­ute to the courage of res­cuers who saved the life of one fire­fighter, who was buried un­der the rub­ble for two-and-a-half hours.

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