1 hour ago 2.4K Shares Many Reported Injured As Firefighters Tackle Blaze Following Explosion In Paris 2019-01-12 09:14:41 2019-01-12 10:24:21 Jake Massey Jake Massey in News Powered by Firefighters are tackling a blaze in Paris following a powerful explosion. Many people are reported to be injured, and cars and buildings on Rue de Trévise in…
Firefighters are tackling a blaze in Paris following a powerful explosion.
Many people are reported to be injured, and cars and buildings on Rue de Trévise in the 9th Arrondissement have been destroyed by the blast.
Police have encouraged members of the public to stay away from the area as emergency services attend to the scene.
The explosion is thought to have been caused by a gas leak in a bakery, according to French journalist Catherine Fournier.
She wrote: “The police prefecture counts ‘many wounded’ on Treviso Street, in the 9th, after a violent explosion in a bakery related to a gas leak. The intervention of the BSPP (Paris fire brigade) is in progress.”
Police warned residents: “Firefighters are dealing with a fire followed by a big explosion at a business on Treviso Street in the 9th. Avoid the area and allow emergency vehicles to pass through.”
Pranav Chittur, who heard the explosion, told the Metro: “The fire woke me up in the morning. My entire bed shook.
“I immediately called my friend as his hotel is on the street where it happened. At first it looked like a fire, but then there was lot of rubble. People were stuck in the rubble as well.
“The impact of the explosion broke a few windows. It was chaotic so we only got a few pictures before we were all cordoned off.”
Pictures from the scene show debris cluttering the streets and smoke surrounding buildings with smashed windows.
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