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Three people died in explosion at Paris bakery

Two firefighters and a woman from Spain became the victims of the explosion
18:59, 12 January 2019

AFP

The French authorities clarified information about the victims of the explosion at a Paris bakery. It is reported that two firefighters and a woman from Spain died, according to Le Figaro.

Another 46 people were injured. It is noted that the initial information about the four victims was incorrect.

A strong explosion thundered at a bakery located on rue de Trevise in Paris downtown, around 9 a.m. local time. As a result of the blast, windows in neighboring houses were broken.

According to preliminary data, the explosion occurred due to a gas leak. After it, a fire started in the building.

The newspaper notes that this bakery was supposed to be closed on Saturday morning.

Rémy Heitz, the Paris prosecutor, said that the blast had been “manifestly accidental,” telling reporters at the site: “First there was a gas leak, then the arrival of the firefighters, followed by an explosion that caused the fire.”

But Mr. Heitz said investigators were just beginning to ascertain what had caused the leak and that all hypotheses were still being considered.

The explosion came as Paris and other cities around France were bracing on Saturday for a ninth week of protests by the “Yellow Vests” movement, which has previously been marked by violence and vandalism. But there was no indication that the explosion on Saturday had anything to do with the protests.

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