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Three killed in Paris underground garage blast

30 September 2013

At least three people were killed on September 27 in a large explosion on an underground work site in central Paris which the fire brigade said was probably caused by a fuel tank igniting. Rescuers were using dogs to search for a possible fourth victim under rubble.

The blast on a narrow street in northern Paris ripped through an underground garage where several workers were gathered, causing surrounding buildings to shake.

A building across from the blast site had been evacuated and the fire brigade was reinforcing its foundations to avoid collapse, a fireman said.

A fuel tank was the most likely cause of the blast, with vapour ignited by the tools used by the workers.

"The circumstances of this tragedy are not yet clear and an investigation will shed light on this terrible accident," Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe said in a statement. 

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