Explosion Causes Building Collapse in Paris Suburb, One Child Dead

A child was killed Sunday morning when a four-story building in a Paris suburb collapsed following an explosion, French authorities said. Ten people were pulled from the rubble, including four who were seriously wounded. Rescue teams were still looking for more survivors.

The explosion took place at around 7 a.m. local time (1 a.m. ET) and is believed to have been caused by a gas leak, officials said. “We should be prudent, because there are investigations on-going. There is no certainty,”

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said at the scene. There were feared to be as many as 10 people still trapped beneath the ruins of the building.

“We could still find living victims in the hours to come,” fire department spokesman Gabriel Plus said. Television images of the building, located in the suburb of Rosny-Sous-Bois, showed one facade ripped off completely, exposing the interiors of the apartments inside.


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