Two firefighters died during disposal of a gas leak before the explosion in downtown Paris

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 Two firefighters died during disposal of a gas leak before the explosion in downtown Paris


Global Network reported that on the morning of January 12, a strong natural gas explosion occurred in the centre of Paris, causing damage to many houses in a street and serious consequences of the death of two firefighters, serious injuries to 10 people and minor injuries to more than 30 people. Fireworks and fireworks were everywhere in a mess.

According to Agence France-Presse and other media reports, less than 9 a.m. that day, in the Ninth District of Paris, near the Paris Opera House and Lafayette shopping malls, a strong smell of natural gas was detected and alerted at No. 6 Trevis Street, then the fire brigade immediately arrived, and the personnel of the natural gas company and the electric power company began to arrive at the scene one after another. According to Agence France-Presse and BFM news and television stations, two firefighters working in the building were killed when firefighters began organizing the evacuation of the apartment building residents and checking the gas leakage. The explosion completely destroyed a bakery downstairs of the apartment, shattered windows in many buildings on both sides of the street, overturned parked cars on the side of the street, and triggered a fire. According to the French television reporters video and photos, the scene is like a battlefield. Some people around the building and those who have not been evacuated have also been injured or burned.

Ziner, a 30-year-old man living in a nearby building, told the Parisian newspaper that he was awakened by a strong explosion in his dream. The windows were blown up and the walls were shaken and cracked. He got up and looked outside and saw the horrible scene on the street like war. Now hes going to receive consolation counseling specially set up by the Paris Municipal Government. Sonia, a 29-year-old florist, told the 20 Minutes report that she was walking up the street to her florist shop at No. 29 and saw firefighters organizing people to evacuate and told her to leave quickly. Unexpectedly, a violent explosion took place in more than ten seconds, and she was knocked down by the shock wave. Turning around, I saw the streets in a mess of smoke and fire.

After the accident, as many as 200 fire brigades, dozens of police and personnel from natural gas and power companies rushed to the scene, set up a safety line, and carried out emergency rescue for the injured. The Paris Emergency Center also dispatched three helicopters to stop at the Opera Square, carrying the casualties to major hospitals in Paris for emergency treatment. The Ninth District Government of Paris has set up a special reception office for victims to provide psychologists to help people calm down their emotions, as well as relevant personnel to help victims take various kinds of claims and other counseling.

French Interior Minister Castellne also arrived at the scene soon that morning to inspect, and made a speech to the media. He said that the work of searchers and follow-up work on fire extinguishing were continuing and the possibility of secondary accidents had been ruled out. The authorities will then launch an investigation. The Paris Public Prosecutors Office has filed a case for investigation and commissioned a comprehensive investigation of the cause of the explosion by the Paris Regional Judicial Police Brigade, while police technicians have arrived at the scene. According to the Parisian newspaper on December 12, many such natural gas explosions and fires occur in France every year, 60% of which are caused by natural gas tanks outside buildings or external stalls, while the leakage of pipelines inside buildings is not much. What caused the explosion is still to be confirmed by the judicial authorities after an in-depth investigation, but the authorities have now ruled out terrorist attacks and other reasons, according to the cause of the accident investigation. Source: Global Times - Global Network. More exciting, please log on to the World Wide Web at http://www.huanqiu.com by Yao Mengs Editor-in-Charge: Ji Guojie_NBJ11143

French Interior Minister Castellne also arrived at the scene soon that morning to inspect, and made a speech to the media. He said that the work of searchers and follow-up work on fire extinguishing were continuing and the possibility of secondary accidents had been ruled out. The authorities will then launch an investigation. The Paris Public Prosecutors Office has filed a case for investigation and commissioned a comprehensive investigation of the cause of the explosion by the Paris Regional Judicial Police Brigade, while police technicians have arrived at the scene.

According to the Parisian newspaper on December 12, many such natural gas explosions and fires occur in France every year, 60% of which are caused by natural gas tanks outside buildings or external stalls, while the leakage of pipelines inside buildings is not much. What caused the explosion is still to be confirmed by the judicial authorities after an in-depth investigation, but the authorities have now ruled out terrorist attacks and other reasons, according to the cause of the accident investigation.