Massive explosion in French bakery kills three people and injures dozes of others
A massive explosion in a French bakery caused the death of three people, including a firefighter, and injured dozens of others.
The incident took place this Saturday morning, January 12, 2019, in Paris, around 9 a.m. local time, and had 200 firefighters rushing to the scene to put out the fire.
Although an investigation is still being conducted, it has been reported that officials believe the blast was caused by a gas leak.
"Firefighters did their best to contain the flames and move the victims to a safe location."
Initially, Police informed that four people had lost their lives in the explosion, but soon the information was rectified upon a revision or the death count.
At least three people, including two firefighters, have died and dozens more have been injured after a gas leak caused an explosion in Paris, emergency services in the French capital say https://t.co/XZUgeuUf0h pic.twitter.com/54rxvthJbO— CNN (@CNN) January 12, 2019
THE VICTIMS' IDENTITIES
Christophe Castaner, the French Interior Minister, was at the site to assess the damage and later took to his Twitter page to say that the nation shares the pain of the victims' families.
The identity of the victims are yet to be revealed but it is known that one of them was Spanish thanks to Spain's Foreign Minister Josep Borrell Fontelles, who said that a Spaniard had died in the hospital after the blast.
A DEVASTATED SCENARIO
The bakery, located on Rue de Trevise, in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, was destroyed; the windows were smashed to pieces and debris filled the streets as far as the eye could see.
People who lived above the bakery, as well as in the adjacent buildings, had to be evacuated as a precaution while firefighters did their best to contain the flames and move the victims to a safe location.
"Everything was destroyed": Pedro Goncalves was working in a hotel opposite the Paris bakery where an explosion happened this morning.— ITV News (@itvnews) January 12, 2019
He told ITV News he saw firefighters in the area an hour before the blast, amid reports of a gas leak https://t.co/qsvkOf9qQo pic.twitter.com/05BuyDKlLl
ANOTHER SCARY BLAST
Last year, a big explosion scared residents in Manhattan, New York, after a steam pipe burst at around 6:40 a.m. on Fifth Avenue in the Flatiron District.
The authorities wasted no time evacuating people in the surrounding buildings and, fortunately, there were no reported injuries. According to officials, the explosion was originated by a 'high-pressure steam leak.'
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