Around 200 firefighters were mobilised to battle the fire that broke out after the blast and rescue residents in neighbouring buildings, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner told reporters at the scene.
Around 200 firefighters were mobilised to battle the fire that broke out after the blast and evacuate victims and residents in the area, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner told reporters at the scene.
The accident occurred with Paris under security lockdown for a ninth consecutive Saturday of "yellow vest" protests, with large parts of the French capital blocked off by riot police.
French authorities said two firefighters were killed and 47 people injured in a powerful explosion and fire apparently caused by a gas leak at a Paris bakery on Saturday that blasted out windows and overturned cars.
Fire burns at the site of an explosion at a bakery shop in Paris, France January 12, 2019, in this still image obtained from a social media video.
A powerful explosion badly damaged a bakery in central Paris on Saturday, injuring several people and smashing nearby windows after a suspected gas leak, police and AFP journalists said.
A massive explosion probably caused by a gas leak gutted a the ground floor of a building in central Paris's shopping district on Saturday, seriously injuring at least nine people, French police said.