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PARIS — Two firefighters died when a large explosion tore through a bakery in central Paris on Saturday, according to Paris' prosecutor.
Spokeswoman for the Paris police says the explosion was caused by a gas leak at 9am local time in a bakery. There are victims. Too early to say how many. #trevise
Update - Fire service officials in Paris say 36 people have been injured with 12 in a critical condition following an explosion at a bakery in the city which is believed to have been caused by a gas leak
Paris fire department spokesman Eric Moulin told reporters at the scene that five people were in life-threatening condition, including two firefighters.
The first responders killed were trying to save the lives of their colleagues and other victims of the blast, French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said.
Four people have died, including two firefighters, following the explosion at a Paris bakery this morning, the French interior minister says
According to video and photographs from the scene, crews were busy evacuating people by ladder from upper levels of buildings along the street in the blast's aftermath.
A massive explosion ripped apart a bakery in central Paris on Saturday morning, killing two firefighters, a Spanish tourist and injuring scores more.
Castaner visited the scene less than two hours after the blast and said more than 200 firefighters were engaged in the rescue operation.
The blast, which police believe was due to a gas leak, came as the city braced for yet another Saturday of anti-government protests by so-called yellow vest protesters that threaten to turn violent.
Four people killed in central Paris after an explosion from a suspected gas leak caused a huge fire at a bakery
Pedro Goncalves, an employee at the Hotel Mercure opposite the bakery, said he saw firefighters enter the bakery in the morning but he and his co-workers "thought maybe it's a joke, a false alarm" and they went back to work.
He said that Paris firefighters were already at the scene to investigate a suspected gas leak at the bakery when the explosion happened.
Several people injured in an explosion and fire at a bakery in Paris, believed to have been caused by a gas leak
Explosion at 9am this morning on #ruedetrevise in #Paris: a police spokesman tells cnn that it was a gas leak in a bakery. So not terror related
#BREAKING A large explosion badly damages a bakery in central Paris, injuring several people and smashing windows in surrounding buildings
Staff and guests at the Hotel Pax Opéra a few blocks down the street from the bakery heard the blast, according to Francesca Perna, a front desk receptionist.
Firefighters pulled injured victims out of windows and evacuated residents as smoke billowed over Rue de Trevise in the 9th arrondissement of north-central Paris.
The explosion at around 9am local time blew out the lower part of the seven-storey apartment building on the corner of Rue de Trévise and Rue Sainte-Cécile in the ninth arrondissement.
A powerful explosion and fire apparently caused by a gas leak at a Paris bakery Saturday injured 36 people, including 12 in critical condition, blasted out windows and overturned cars, French authorities said.