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Huge explosion rocks Paris street after 'gas leak in bakery'



Huge explosion rocks Paris leaving nine people seriously injured as fire crews haul locals from blazing buildings amid scenes of destruction caused by 'gas leak in bakery'

  • A suspected gas leak caused an explosion which ripped through a Paris bakery early this morning 
  • Local police said nine people have been seriously injured as a result of the blast, damaging nearby buildings
  • Firefighters led several elderly residents down a ladder after they were trapped in their first floor apartment
  • Police in Paris are currently preparing for another day of 'Gilets Jaunes' violence in another day of protest 

By Darren Boyle and Peter Allen In Paris for MailOnline

Published: 03:44 EST, 12 January 2019 | Updated: 04:21 EST, 12 January 2019

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A large explosion has rocked central Paris amid reports of a gas leak at a bakery in the city. 

Officials confirmed 'multiple injuries' as a result of the blast which caused extensive damage to the property. 

The blast has ripped through the building, shattering windows of several apartments above the bakery.  

It is believed the blast destroyed the Hubert bakery on the corner of the streets Saint-Cecile and Rue de Trevise.   

Paris firefighters have been battling a blaze at a bakery caused by a suspected gas explosion at a bakery on the corner of the streets Saint-Cecile and Rue de Trevise
Paris firefighters have been battling a blaze at a bakery caused by a suspected gas explosion at a bakery on the corner of the streets Saint-Cecile and Rue de Trevise

Paris firefighters have been battling a blaze at a bakery caused by a suspected gas explosion at a bakery on the corner of the streets Saint-Cecile and Rue de Trevise

Firefighters helped elderly survivors living above the bakery from the first floor following this morning's blast in Paris
Firefighters helped elderly survivors living above the bakery from the first floor following this morning's blast in Paris

Firefighters helped elderly survivors living above the bakery from the first floor following this morning's blast in Paris

Multiple people have been injured following the blast which ripped through the bakery in central Paris early this morning
Multiple people have been injured following the blast which ripped through the bakery in central Paris early this morning

Multiple people have been injured following the blast which ripped through the bakery in central Paris early this morning

A line of cars was destroyed by the blast which caused fires to break out in the popular bakery in north-eastern Paris
A line of cars was destroyed by the blast which caused fires to break out in the popular bakery in north-eastern Paris

A line of cars was destroyed by the blast which caused fires to break out in the popular bakery in north-eastern Paris

A Paris police spokeswoman said firefighters are currently at the scene of the blast at the bakery on Rue Trevise in the 9th arrondissement of north-central Paris.

She said several injuries have been reported to police but no deaths.

French television showed emergency vehicles surrounding the area.

The explosion came amid heavy security in Paris and around France for yellow vest protests expected later Saturday. 

Businesses have boarded up their windows ahead of another planned demonstration.

The explosion blasted rubble across the street outside the bakery shattering windows and destroying nearby cars
The explosion blasted rubble across the street outside the bakery shattering windows and destroying nearby cars

The explosion blasted rubble across the street outside the bakery shattering windows and destroying nearby cars

Authorities in Paris have confirmed several people have been injured although there are no reports of any deaths 
Authorities in Paris have confirmed several people have been injured although there are no reports of any deaths 

Authorities in Paris have confirmed several people have been injured although there are no reports of any deaths 

Medical teams triaged survivors on the street before sending the more seriously injured people to hospital 
Medical teams triaged survivors on the street before sending the more seriously injured people to hospital 

Medical teams triaged survivors on the street before sending the more seriously injured people to hospital 

The powerful explosion knocked one car onto its side as debris was shot across the street earlier this morning 
The powerful explosion knocked one car onto its side as debris was shot across the street earlier this morning 

The powerful explosion knocked one car onto its side as debris was shot across the street earlier this morning 

People are evacuated by firefighters from their apartment after the explosion of a bakery on the corner of the streets Saint-Cecile and Rue de Trevise in central Paris on January 12, 2019. - A large explosion badly damaged a bakery in central Paris, injuring several people and smashing windows in surrounding buildings, police and reporters said
People are evacuated by firefighters from their apartment after the explosion of a bakery on the corner of the streets Saint-Cecile and Rue de Trevise in central Paris on January 12, 2019. - A large explosion badly damaged a bakery in central Paris, injuring several people and smashing windows in surrounding buildings, police and reporters said

People are evacuated by firefighters from their apartment after the explosion of a bakery on the corner of the streets Saint-Cecile and Rue de Trevise in central Paris on January 12, 2019. - A large explosion badly damaged a bakery in central Paris, injuring several people and smashing windows in surrounding buildings, police and reporters said

One emergency worker said: 'There are casualties. A whole shop front has been taken out, and other buildings have also been severely damaged. It's a Saturday morning - a lot of people were at home. Leaking gas caused the explosion, which is being viewed as an accident.'

There are 5,000 police on the streets of Paris today for an Act 9 'Day of Rage' by the anti-government Yellow Vest movement.

They have been behind numerous acts of vandalism, including destroying parts of the Arc de Triomphe itself.

Fires have been life and buildings smashed to pieces during nine weeks of Saturday rioting by the movement.

Paris has also been targeting by terrorist groups in recent years, including ISIS and Al-Qaeda.

However, gas leaks frequently lead to explosions in the city, and today's will be investigated in full.

Firefighters evacuate an injured person on a stretcher after the explosion of a bakery on the corner of the streets Saint-Cecile and Rue de Trevise in central Paris on January 12, 2019
Firefighters evacuate an injured person on a stretcher after the explosion of a bakery on the corner of the streets Saint-Cecile and Rue de Trevise in central Paris on January 12, 2019

Firefighters evacuate an injured person on a stretcher after the explosion of a bakery on the corner of the streets Saint-Cecile and Rue de Trevise in central Paris on January 12, 2019

French anti-riot police CRS stand guard by one of their vehicle equipped to form a dam in the streets of Bourges ahead of an anti-government demonstration called by the Yellow Vest "Gilets Jaunes" movement
French anti-riot police CRS stand guard by one of their vehicle equipped to form a dam in the streets of Bourges ahead of an anti-government demonstration called by the Yellow Vest "Gilets Jaunes" movement

French anti-riot police CRS stand guard by one of their vehicle equipped to form a dam in the streets of Bourges ahead of an anti-government demonstration called by the Yellow Vest "Gilets Jaunes" movement

Firefighters tackle the outside of the gutted building. The explosion came amid heavy security in Paris and around France for yellow vest protests expected later Saturday
Firefighters tackle the outside of the gutted building. The explosion came amid heavy security in Paris and around France for yellow vest protests expected later Saturday

Firefighters tackle the outside of the gutted building. The explosion came amid heavy security in Paris and around France for yellow vest protests expected later Saturday

A large explosion badly damaged a bakery in central Paris, injuring several people and smashing windows in surrounding buildings, police. The fire broke out at around 9am today. Firefighters were on hand to tackle the flames before moving on to clearing the debris
A large explosion badly damaged a bakery in central Paris, injuring several people and smashing windows in surrounding buildings, police. The fire broke out at around 9am today. Firefighters were on hand to tackle the flames before moving on to clearing the debris

A large explosion badly damaged a bakery in central Paris, injuring several people and smashing windows in surrounding buildings, police. The fire broke out at around 9am today. Firefighters were on hand to tackle the flames before moving on to clearing the debris

Firemen work at the site of an explosion in a bakery shop in the 9th District in Paris, France
Firemen work at the site of an explosion in a bakery shop in the 9th District in Paris, France

Firemen work at the site of an explosion in a bakery shop in the 9th District in Paris, France

Emergency workers pulled survivors from the rubble following the blast which happened at 9am local time
Emergency workers pulled survivors from the rubble following the blast which happened at 9am local time

Emergency workers pulled survivors from the rubble following the blast which happened at 9am local time

Officials said they are investigating the cause of the blast which is thought to have been caused by a gas explosion 
Officials said they are investigating the cause of the blast which is thought to have been caused by a gas explosion 

Officials said they are investigating the cause of the blast which is thought to have been caused by a gas explosion 

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