A fatal blow from a gas leak in a Paris bakery on Saturday killed at least four people and injured at least 47, resulting in comprehensive emergency relief and evacuation of residents.
The explosion and the fire blew out of the windows and even overturned cars, said the French authorities. The incident took place on the Rue de Trevise in the 9th arrondissement in the north of central Paris, near the shopping district of the famous Galeries Lafayette.
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French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said four people had been killed, including two firefighters. At least 47 people were also injured, 1
"Unfortunately, the number of people is particularly severe," Castaner told the media. He added that "the situation is under control" and described his "shock" after seeing the damage.
Around 200 firefighters and the police were involved in the emergency operation. A helicopter landed in the area to evacuate the wounded.
The cause of the explosion appears to be an accidental gas leak, Paris prosecutor Remy Heitz said, but a preliminary investigation has been initiated to determine the exact cause of the explosion. [19659008Noteworthythatfirefighterswerepresentonsitetocheckthegasleakinthebakerybeforetheexplosion
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Plaster. Some residents also described the loud explosion that they were afraid and feared it was a terrorist attack.
A hotel clerk opposite the bakery said he saw the firefighters in the bakery about an hour before the explosion.
"In the middle of nowhere I heard a big explosion and then a lot of pressure came on me (and) a lot of black smoke and glass," said the witness. "And I had just enough time to protect myself and protect my head."
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He adds that the explosion left the whistle in his ears. The hotel where he works was "destroyed" during the explosion, he said.
The explosion occurred because of the Yellow West protests in Paris when protesters protested at the Yellow West protest march and marched every Saturday in the capital to show their dissatisfaction with the government.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.