Powerful blast rocks Paris, Several injuries reported

Powerful blast rocks Paris, Several injuries reported
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PARIS - A powerful explosion badly damaged a bakery in central Paris on Saturday, injuring several people and smashing nearby windows after a suspected gas leak, police and *AFP* journalists said.

A fire broke out after the blast at around 9am in the city’s 9th district, a residential and shopping area.

Images posted on Twitter showed debris covering the street and the lower part of the building blown out and in flames. Parked cars were also damaged in the blast.

Destruction for blocks after an explosion on rue de trévise pic.twitter.com/GsrLqyasQA link

— Emily Molli (@MomesMolli) January 12, 2019 link

An *AFP* photographer saw at least one person being carried away on a stretcher from the building by firefighters.

VIDEO: A powerful explosion badly damaged a bakery in central Paris early on Saturday, injuring several people and smashing nearby windows after a suspected gas leak, police and AFP journalists said pic.twitter.com/TykIzmTMMa link

— AFP news agency (@AFP) January 12, 2019 link

Firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze and exacuate some people from the building using ladders while emergency workers treated some of the injured at the scene. - APP/AFP

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