Two firefighters and a Spanish woman have been killed after a huge blast at a bakery in France’s capital, Paris erupted.
According to Interior Minister Christophe Castaner, the emergency services were responding to a gas leak when “a dramatic explosion” occurred.
Local media reported that at least forty-seven people were injured, 10 seriously, in the blast on rue de Trévise at around 09:00 (08:00 GMT).
It happened near the Paris Opera, a popular tourist area, and was felt several streets away.
In the immediate aftermath, overturned cars and debris from other shop fronts littered the street in front of the burning bakery as people stood around, looking stunned by the force of the explosion.
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The Hubert bakery at 6, rue de Trévise was not due to be open at the time of the blast, Le Parisien newspaper reports.
A gas leak had been reported in the building and firefighters had been on their way to deal with it when the explosion occurred.
Helicopters landed on the nearby place de l’Opéra to evacuate the injured, Reuters news agency reports.