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Paris bakery explosion: 'Gas leak' blast rocks French capital leaving 20 injured

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A massive explosion rocked Paris this morning sparking a huge emergency response to piles of rubble and screaming residents. 

Police and paramedics were scrambled to a quiet street in the French capital after a suspected gas leak caused a giant blast.

At least 20 people are believed to have been injured after a fireball ripped through Hubert bakery on the Rue de Trevise, in Paris' ninth arondissement.

a group of people walking in front of a building: Paris Explosion According to several journalists and witnesses, an explosion occurred in the 9th arrondissement of the French capital, rue de Treviso. Its causes are not yet known. The journalist Matthieu Croissandeau, among other journalists and witnesses, reported an explosion in the heart of the capital, rue de Treviso, this morning of 12 January. © Credits: Twitter Paris Explosion According to several journalists and witnesses, an explosion occurred in the 9th arrondissement of the French capital, rue de Treviso. Its causes are not yet known. The journalist Matthieu Croissandeau, among other journalists and witnesses, reported an explosion in the heart of the capital, rue de Treviso, this morning of 12 January. Two people are said to be in critical condition, seven people seriously injured and 11 people suffering with minor injuries, according to a police source. 

Shocking images showed a buildings either gutted or on fire and piles of rubble littering the street.

It is thought the blast, which occurred at around 9am local time, was caused by a gas leak in the bakery. More than 200 emergency responders attended the scene, France's Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said.

Two of the injured victims are said to be firefighters, who were called to the gas leak prior to the explosion, according to reports from French news site RTL.

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More than 200 emergency responders are on the scene, according to France's Interior Minister Christophe Castaner. 

"There are casualties," said one emergency worker.

"A whole shop front has been taken out, and other buildings have also been severely damaged.

a group of people riding skis on a snowy road © Credits: X02011 "It’s a Saturday morning – a lot of people were at home. Leaking gas caused the explosion, which is being viewed as an accident."

The fire service has been seen helping stranded residents out of the apartments above the shop.

One injured victim, who works in a nearby hotel, spoke to reporters at the scene, claiming fire crews were called to reports of a gas leak in a bakery and the explosion happened around an hour later.

a close up of a map © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited He also said the guests in the hotel were badly injured as a result of the blast.

An eyewitness who was staying at a hotel nearby said he saw a huge fire erupt in the building blown out by the blast. 

"There was broken glass everywhere, storefronts were blown out and windows were shattered up to the third and fourth floors," said 38-year-old David Bangura.

a person standing in front of a building © Credits: AFP/Getty Images He said that as he approached the scene, a woman was crying for help from the first floor of a building: "Help us, help us, we have a child".

Two helicopters landed on the nearby Place de l'Opera to evacuate victims.

According to opening hours listed online, the Hubert bakery is closed on Saturdays. 

a car parked on a city street © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Police are warning people to avoid the area and leave the surrounding streets free for emergency vehicles.

Stranded residents in the apartments directly above the bakery were being led to safety by members of the fire service.

Some were still in pyjamas and dressing gowns as they were helped down ladders.

© Credits: AFP/Getty Images Those injured in the explosion was seen being stretchered into an ambulance by paramedics.

Flames were seen on the ground floor of the Hubert patisserie, and there appeared to be significant damage to the upper floors of the building, too. 

Nearby vehicles were damaged and upturned.

One witness told French news channel BFM TV: "I was sleeping and suddenly I heard a big explosion and windows exploded in our building. I went down and I saw it was the bakery, it's carnage."

Another resident, who managed to escape safely, added that there was "nothing left" of her apartment.

a group of people walking on a city street © Credits: X02011 A Twitter user, who lives nearby, said his windows were rattled by the force of the blast.

Another said she "heard screaming, like some were still trapped."

Others say the blast could be heard as far as two kilometres away from the bakery.

One social media user wrote, "The impact is so huge, it woke everyone up. People are still stuck there." 

The French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe arrived at the scene around an hour after the explosion.

© Credits: AFP/Getty Images The incident has occurred on a day of high security in the French capital.

There are 5000 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.

© Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Fires have been rife 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 Islamic State 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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