2019 Paris explosion

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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)

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]

Explosion[edit]

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.

Aftermath[edit]

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]

References[edit]

  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.