An intervention was underway this Wednesday evening in Montoire-sur-le-Loir (Loir-et-Cher), after an explosion in a house around 6.30 p.m.
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The Loir-et-Cher fire and rescue department said on social networks that the disaster had, for the time being, killed six people.
50 firefighters and 24 machines were on site around 9 p.m.
Six homes were also evacuated.
Gas could be at the origin of the explosion of this house located on avenue Gambetta, according to the regional daily
La Nouvelle République
According to the newspaper, two women aged 55 and 62 were taken to the Vendôme hospital center after being injured by the explosion and the throwing of projectiles.
The search for potential victims continued into the early evening.
The owner of the house, aged 89, and her 62-year-old daughter are notably missing, according to
La Nouvelle République.
Avenue Gambetta, the main axis of the town, was cut off from traffic during the intervention.
In addition to firefighters and emergency services, many gendarmerie forces and a canine brigade were also on site.