Seven critically injured in Paris 'gas explosion' as buildings collapse on street and neighbourhood evacuated

21 June 2023, 16:45 | Updated: 22 June 2023, 00:05

A suspected gas explosion has caused a fire in Paris.
A suspected gas explosion has caused a fire in Paris. Picture: Alamy/twitter

By Jenny Medlicott

Seven people are in critical condition and nine more are injured amid fire raging in Paris after a suspected gas explosion near the Senate.

An explosion has hit the Val-de-Grâce neighbourhood in central Paris, a city official confirmed.

At least seven people are in critical condition and another nine are injured, police have said.

Images and videos posted online of the incident show huge plumes of black smoke rising into the air, with various surrounding buildings ablaze and their exterior structures destroyed.

Police said that the fire sparked by the blast has been contained but not extinguished.

Paris police spokeswoman Loubna Atta said it was too early to determine the source of the fire and could not confirm reports it was a caused by a gas explosion.

But Florence Berthout, the mayor of the fifth arrondissement has contradicted this, saying that it was caused by a gas explosion.

She said those in critical condition are facing an "absolute emergency" condition.

Emergency services attended the scene.
Emergency services attended the scene. Picture: Alamy

French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin confirmed that firefighters are tackling the fire on Rue Saint-Jacques.

Firefighters have reportedly evacuated the buildings and surrounding areas.

One witness to the incident told BFM Paris: "It's the most intense noise I've heard in my life."

View of the explosion from afar.
View of the explosion from afar. Picture: Twitter

Police are urging members of the public to avoid the area around the Latin Quarter.

A post made by the police, translated from French said: “Intervention in progress rue Saint-Jacques at #Paris5 .

“Avoid the area and let the emergency services and the police intervene.”

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