Huge explosion rocks Paris leaving ‘multiple injuries’ as fire crews haul locals from blazing buildings amid scenes of destruction caused by ‘gas leak in bakery’
- A suspected gas leak caused an explosion which ripped through a Paris bakery early this morning
- Local police said multiple people have been injured as a result of the blast, damaging nearby apartments
- Firefighters led several elderly residents down a ladder after they were trapped in their first floor apartment
A large explosion has rocked central Paris amid reports of a gas leak at a bakery in the city.
Officials confirmed ‘multiple injuries’ as a result of the blast which caused extensive damage to the property.
The blast has ripped through the building, shattering windows of several apartments above the bakery.
It is believed the blast destroyed the Hubert bakery on the corner of the streets Saint-Cecile and Rue de Trevise.
Paris firefighters have been battling a blaze at a bakery caused by a suspected gas explosion at a bakery on the corner of the streets Saint-Cecile and Rue de Trevise
Firefighters helped elderly survivors living above the bakery from the first floor following this morning’s blast in Paris
Multiple people have been injured following the blast which ripped through the bakery in central Paris early this morning
A line of cars was destroyed by the blast which caused fires to break out in the popular bakery in north-eastern Paris
A Paris police spokeswoman said firefighters are currently at the scene of the blast at the bakery on Rue Trevise in the 9th arrondissement of north-central Paris.
She said several injuries have been reported to police but no deaths.
French television showed emergency vehicles surrounding the area.
The explosion came amid heavy security in Paris and around France for yellow vest protests expected later Saturday.
Businesses have boarded up their windows ahead of another planned demonstration.
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The explosion blasted rubble across the street outside the bakery shattering windows and destroying nearby cars
Authorities in Paris have confirmed several people have been injured although there are no reports of any deaths
Medical teams triaged survivors on the street before sending the more seriously injured people to hospital
One emergency worker said: ‘There are casualties. A whole shop front has been taken out, and other buildings have also been severely damaged. It’s a Saturday morning – a lot of people were at home. Leaking gas caused the explosion, which is being viewed as an accident.’
There are 5,000 police on the streets of Paris today for an Act 9 ‘Day of Rage’ by the anti-government Yellow Vest movement.
They have been behind numerous acts of vandalism, including destroying parts of the Arc de Triomphe itself.
Fires have been life and buildings smashed to pieces during nine weeks of Saturday rioting by the movement.
Paris has also been targeting by terrorist groups in recent years, including ISIS and Al-Qaeda.
However, gas leaks frequently lead to explosions in the city, and today’s will be investigated in full.
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