This morning, three people have been killed and dozens more were left injured after a massive explosion that occurred in central Paris
The explosion believed to have been caused by a gas leak. It took place at around 9 am local time.
Christophe Castaner, an InterioMinisterer, said that two firefighters have been killed and 10 people, including another firefighter, are left in a critical condition. 37 people are also being treated for suffering some serious injuries.
Josep Borrell, the Spanish foreign minister, later said that a Spanish citizen was killed in the blast, bringing the death toll up to three.
In a tweet, Borrell wrote: “I profoundly regret the death of three people in an explosion in central Paris, among them one Spanish citizen.”
The blast happened in a bakery on Rue de Trevise in the ninth arrondissement of the city. Pictures posted on social media show debris and burned cars scattered on the street.
According to Reuters, Remi Heitz, the Paris prosecutor, stated: “We still need to determine the circumstances and cause of the explosion but at this stage we can say it is clearly an accident, presumably a gas leak.”
In a post that was posted on Twitter, Paris police said that the fire brigade is on the scene. They added that people should avoid the area and allow emergency vehicles to get through.
Earlier today, Castaner told reporters: “The situation is now under control.”
The incident comes amidst a state of high alert in Paris, which has witnessed its ninth consecutive weekend of yellow vest protests.
This morning, police authorities fired water cannon and tear gas in an effort to disperse the protesters from around the Arc de Triomphe.
The government of France is considering bringing in new legislation to crack down on unauthorised protests and the use of face masks.
Edouard Philippe, the French Prime Minister, said that 80,000 police officers will be deployed during the weekend to deal with the latest wave of protests, which started in November as a response to an increase in fuel tax.
The explosion is not believed to be connected to the protests.