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On 12 January 2019, an explosion occurred at a bakery on Rue de Trevise in Paris' 9th arrondissement. Two firefighters, a Spanish tourist, and another woman were killed, and forty-seven others were injured.[1] According to local prosecutor Remy Heitz, the apparent cause of the explosion was a gas leak. Firefighters were present at the bakery before and at the time of the blast while investigating a suspected gas leak.[2][3]

2019 Paris explosion
Date12 January 2019
TimeApprox. 09:00 CET
LocationRue de Trevise, 9th arrondissement, Paris, France
Coordinates48°52′22.4″N 2°20′42.6″E / 48.872889°N 2.345167°E / 48.872889; 2.345167Coordinates: 48°52′22.4″N 2°20′42.6″E / 48.872889°N 2.345167°E / 48.872889; 2.345167
CauseGas leak
Deaths4 (2 firefighters)
Non-fatal injuries47 (10 serious)

ExplosionEdit

Prior to the explosion firefighters were at the location responding to reports of a gas leak. The explosion caused a fire that destroyed windows of surrounding buildings and caused cars to be overturned.[4] Eyewitnesses told reporters the blast also caused people to become trapped in other nearby buildings and charred debris and broken glass was spread around the bakery and streets.[5] The blast occurred during the Yellow Vest protests, that had some 32,000 protesters participating around France.

AftermathEdit

More than 200 firefighters responded to the incident, and French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner, Prime Minister Édouard Philippe, and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo all visited the scene.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Paris bakery explosion death toll rises to four". BBC. 2019-01-13. Retrieved 2019-01-13.
  2. ^ "'Gas explosion' at Paris bakery kills two and leaves dozens injured". Evening Standard. 2019-01-12. Retrieved 2019-01-12.
  3. ^ Two firemen and Spanish national killed in Paris 'gas explosion'
  4. ^ Mikelionis, Lukas (2019-01-12). "Paris bakery explosion kills 4, injures 47 with 10 in critical condition". Fox News. Retrieved 2019-01-13.
  5. ^ "Death toll from Paris bakery gas explosion rises to at least four". France 24. 2019-01-12. Retrieved 2019-01-13.
  6. ^ Picheta, Rob (January 13, 2019). "Four killed, dozens hurt in Paris bakery explosion". CNN. Retrieved January 13, 2019.