Woman’s body found at site of Paris bak­ery blast

Western Mail - - UK&WORLD NEWS - SYLVIE COR­BET news­[email protected]­line.co.uk

RES­CUERS have found a woman’s body un­der the rub­ble of a bak­ery in Paris that was blown apart by a pow­er­ful ex­plo­sion, bring­ing the over­all death toll to four.

The blast on Satur­day morn­ing in the Rue de Tre­vise in the 9th ar­rondisse­ment of north-cen­tral Paris also in­jured dozens of peo­ple.

Paris Fire Depart­ment spokesman Eric Moulin told re­porters yes­ter­day that nine peo­ple were still in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion from the ex­plo­sion that dev­as­tated a Paris street and 45 oth­ers were also in­jured, but not as se­ri­ously.

He had said ear­lier that French res­cuers were search­ing for a miss­ing woman liv­ing in the build­ing where the bak­ery was lo­cated.

Paris prose­cu­tor Remy Heitz said on Satur­day the cause of the blast ap­peared to be ac­ci­den­tal.

He said Paris fire­fight­ers were al­ready on the scene to in­ves­ti­gate a sus­pected gas leak at the bak­ery when the ex­plo­sion hap­pened.

Two fire­fight­ers were among those killed. About 30 fire­fight­ers were at the site to search for other po­ten­tial vic­tims, amid a moun­tain of de­bris and wrecked cars.

Paris au­thor­i­ties said 12 neigh­bour­ing build­ings that were dam­aged by the blast have been evac­u­ated.

The bak­ery is around the cor­ner from the Folies-Berg­ere theatre and not far from the shop­ping dis­trict that in­cludes the famed head­quar­ters of Ga­leries Lafayette.

Tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion was pro­vided for about 40 res­i­dents, while dozens of other peo­ple have been housed by fam­ily and friends.

The city hall of Paris’s 9th ar­rondisse­ment was of­fer­ing meals and col­lect­ing clothes to help evac­u­ated peo­ple.

The ex­plo­sion came as the French cap­i­tal is on edge and un­der heavy se­cu­rity for the yel­low vest protests.

Christophe Ena

> Fire­fight­ers at the scene of a gas leak ex­plo­sion in Paris yes­ter­day

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