At least 17 people have been injured, following an explosion, believed to have been caused by a gas stove, at an apartment building, in the French capital Paris.
A gas explosion tore through a Paris apartment building Friday, leaving 17 people, including a firefighter, injured, officials said.
The explosion initially caused some concern in the city, which has been on high terror alert following attacks in November, and in Brussels last month.
However, it is believed that a fire in a ground-floor apartment ignited the blast, which was believed to have been caused by a gas stove in a building next door, on the Rue de Bérite at 12:20 p.m. local time, fire officials told the Paris newspaper Le Parisien.
The firefighter hurt in the explosion, which occurred in Paris’ 6th arrondissement, reportedly suffered serious injuries, though none of the victims suffered life-threatening injuries, according to early reports.
Photos from the scene show the top floors of the six-floor building ripped open in the fourth-floor blast. Thick black plumes of smoke rose up for hours from the historic area near the city’s center.