Four people were killed and at least 47 injured in a blast caused by an apparent gas leak in a bakery in central Paris on Saturday, AP reported. The number of deceased also includes two firefighters who died in the line of duty. French interior minister Christophe Castaner told reporters at the scene that “unfortunately the human toll is particularly serious.” The bakery is reported to be situated in the busy 9th district of the French capital.
Firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze and evacuate some people from the building using ladders while emergency workers treated some of the injured at the scene. The minister further informed that 10 people are in critical condition and 37 others ‘less seriously injured’.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, who was also present at the scene, conveyed the “message of affection and solidarity” to the victims of the tragedy.
(This is a developing story; inputs from Associated Press)