A tragic incident unfolded in Paris as a massive fire erupted in a building, resulting in seven individuals sustaining serious injuries. The devastating blaze, suspected to have been triggered by a gas explosion, occurred on Wednesday, as reported by BFMTV, a CNN affiliate.
Firefighters Reaching The Site Of Explosion
Responding swiftly to the emergency, hundreds of firefighters have been deployed to the scene, demonstrating the magnitude of the incident.
Public Alert: Police Urge Avoidance of Affected Area
Concerned about public safety, the Parisian police took to Twitter, issuing a warning shortly after 5 p.m. local time (11 a.m. ET) advising people to stay away from the vicinity near Rue Saint Jacques, located in the city’s 5th arrondissement.
Additional Injuries Reported
Apart from the critically injured victims, nine others sustained noncritical injuries, as confirmed by BFMTV.
Witness Account: A Terrifying Experience
Anne, a witness present at the scene, provided her firsthand account to a CNN producer. She recounted being inside her flat, approximately 500 meters away from the site, when the explosion occurred. According to her, the impact felt akin to an earthquake, causing the windows to violently collide with each other.
Impact on Surrounding Residents
Another resident, who preferred to remain anonymous, residing in a nearby avenue, revealed to CNN that the force of the explosion slammed her doors shut.
Evacuation Measures in Place
As a precautionary measure, authorities have prevented local residents from returning to their homes in the surrounding streets, ensuring their safety during ongoing investigations and necessary assessments.
French Interior Minister’s Prompt Response
French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin, who was attending a conference in Nancy, eastern France, promptly altered his plans and will return to Paris, as conveyed by the interior ministry to the media.