Paris blast death toll hits four as new body found
January 13 2019 05:08 PM
A general view shows debris and car wreckage following the explosion of a bakery on the corner of th
A general view shows debris and car wreckage following the explosion of a bakery on the corner of the streets Saint-Cecile and Rue de Trevise in central Paris

Dpa/Paris

The discovery of the body of another victim after a weekend explosion in central Paris brought the death count to four, according to the state attorney's office on Sunday.

It was not clear if the body belonged to a woman previously reported missing in the wake of Saturday's accident, which was believed to have been caused by a gas leak.

Authorities had said earlier Sunday they were looking for a missing woman in the wake of the blast.

Along with the newly discovered body - details about which have yet to be released - authorities have confirmed two firefighters and one Spanish tourist dead in the blast. Dozens more were injured.

The building at the centre of the blast was demolished. Multiple homes were also damaged in the blast, which occurred around 9 am (0800 GMT), about a kilometre from the Paris Opera.

The devastation left blocks around the building covered by debris and soaked by the water firemen used. Many windows were blown out, both in buildings and in cars parked on nearby streets.

Police have ordered that 12 nearby buildings remain vacant for at least two nights, while safety checks are conducted, reported France Bleu.

Hundreds of people are still unable to return to their homes, reported newspaper Le Figaro. They have been set up in emergency shelters.



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