Eight killed in Paris apartment gas blast
02 September 2014
An explosion which destroyed half an apartment block in Rosny-sous-Bois in the eastern suburbs of Paris on August 31 killed eight and injured a further 11, French officials confirmed. Early indications were that it was an accidental gas explosion.
Firefighters said 11 people were injured in the explosion, four of them seriously. Two of the injured were children aged 10 and 13, while three of the dead were children who lived in the block.
A fire service commander, Gabriel Plus, said gas and electricity works had been ongoing at the site, but would not confirm their link to the disaster. GRDF, the company in charge of delivering gas to homes, told AFP that "no leaks had been reported previously" in the area.
The mayor of Rosny-sous-Bois said that minor works had been taking place near the block, but did not involve any of the local gas mains. He said 52 people whose homes had been damaged had been or would be found alternative accommodation.