Paris: Multiple injuries after explosion at bakery

An explosion that caused a fire at a bakery in central Paris on Saturday is believed to have been linked to a gas leak, police said.

Police said several people were injured in the blast which occurred around 9 a.m.local time (0800 UTC), but no deaths have been reported.

Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said more than 200 firefighters were attending the scene at a bakery on Rue Trevise in the 9th arrondissement of north-central Paris.

Firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze and evacuate some people from the building using ladders while emergency workers treated some of the injured.

Police have urged commuters to avoid the area.

law/rc (AFP, AP)