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Three dead, dozens injured as suspected gas leak triggers blast in central Paris

A fire and a suspected gas leak triggered a powerful explosion inside a bakery in downtown Paris. Three people have lost their lives and dozens more were injured.

The explosion was apparently so powerful that it was felt from a distance of 100 meters, smashing windows and damaging cars.

According to, two firefighters have died dealing with the incident that occurred on Rue de Trevise in central Paris, the city prosecutor has said. Spanish authorities confirmed that a third victim was their citizen.

Apart from the dead, the tragedy also left over 30 people wounded, including 15 who suffered serious injuries.

One witness visiting the city described being woken up after the building her family was staying in started to shake.

“Everyone looked out their windows and a lot of window panes had been smashed,” she told Ruptly news agency.