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Six dead in Paris building blast
01 Sep 2014 23:11
Six people have been confirmed dead after an explosion ripped through an apartment building outside Paris, reducing half a residential block to rubble, emergency services have said.
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The bodies of a child believed to be aged ten, a boy aged 14-18, and two women were recovered from the remains of the four-storey building in the northeastern suburb of Rosny-sous-Bois.
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Two more bodies were found late last night as firefighters continued to comb the wreckage, leaving two other people still unaccounted for, Mayor Claude Capillon said.
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Neighbours said the blast, which happened at around 6am Irish time yesterday, was strong enough to shake buildings up to 100 metres away.
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Firefighters said 11 people were injured in the explosion, four of them seriously.
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Gaetan de Raucourt, head of the Paris firefighting department, said there was still hope that occupants had found "pockets of air" amid the rubble.
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"People might be sheltering there. We still have hope of finding survivors," he said.
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