Several people injured in huge gas explosion in Paris – police

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A person is evacuated by firefighters from an 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 AFP journalists at the scene said. A fire broke out after the blast at around 9am (0800 GMT) in the busy 9th district of the city, which police suspect may have been caused by a gas leak. (Photo by Thomas SAMSON / AFP) (Photo credit should read THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)
A person is evacuated by firefighters from an 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 AFP journalists at the scene said. A fire broke out after the blast at around 9am (0800 GMT) in the busy 9th district of the city, which police suspect may have been caused by a gas leak. Photo by Thomas SAMSON / AFP

Several people were injured in a huge explosion probably caused by a gas leak in central Paris, a police source said.

The massive blast rocked buildings hundreds of metres away and blew out the entire ground floor of a building at rue Trevise, in the Grands Boulevards central Paris shopping district.

Officials said at least five people were injured in the blast, which blew out windows in an 100m radius and sent debris raining into surrounding streets.

Residents living nearby in the 6th arrondissement were evacuated after the accident, which may have been caused by a gas cooker according to police sources.

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