Drama in the capital. An explosion took place Wednesday in the fifth arrondissement of Paris, causing a fire and then the collapse of a building. It is a former entrance pavilion of the Val-de-Grâce Abbey, classified as a historical monument since 1932, which houses the "Paris American Academy", a bilingual design school. At present, 37 people are injured, 6 of them in absolute emergency and the search under the rubble continues, two people are still missing.
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According to a source close to the investigation, the preferred hypothesis at this stage is that a gas leak is at the origin of the explosion. In recent years, several dramatic explosions have occurred in France, causing great damage and deaths. Let's take a look back at these events that marked the French.
Marseille, rue de Tivoli
Last April, the city of Marseille was mourned following the explosion of a building in the rue de Tivoli. The collapse of the building, caused by a gas leak on the first floor, caused the death of eight people. The violent explosion also led to the collapse of part of the two adjoining buildings.
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Aubervilliers, rue André-Karman
In March 2022, an explosion occurred in an apartment building in Aubervilliers (Seine-Saint-Denis) and injured 22 people. This explosion linked to a gas leak blew the fourth and last floor of this building on André Karman Street.
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Saint-Laurent-de-la-Salanque, Arago Street
In February 2022, eight people, including a baby and a toddler, died in a fire caused by an explosion in the town of Saint-Laurent-de-la-Salanque (Pyrénées-Orientales). Very quickly, the criminal trail was considered by investigators, who found traces of fire activators on site. Three suspects were remanded in custody.
Sanary-sur-Mer, rue Jean-Jaurès
In December 2021, a three-storey apartment building collapsed after an explosion in Sanary-sur-Mer (Var). Three people were found dead under the rubble after the gas-induced explosion. Abnormal overconsumption had been noted less than three hours before the tragedy.
Paris, rue de Trévise
In January 2019, a violent explosion occurred on Rue de Trévise, in the ninth arrondissement of the capital. A tragedy that ravaged the neighborhood and especially killed four people, including two firefighters who intervened on the gas leak, at the origin of the disaster.
Annecy, rue du Forum
In November 2018, in Annecy (Haute-Savoie), two octogenarians were killed following a gas explosion in their apartment on the first floor. Six other people, including a firefighter, were lightly injured.
Paris, rue de Bérite
On April 1, 2016, a violent explosion due to gas occurred in a building in the sixth arrondissement of the capital, at 4, rue Bérite. The blast injured 17 people, including one serious firefighter, and ripped open the 6th floor and the roof of the building. The origin of this explosion was "domestic", whose origin was a gas stove.
Rosny-sous-Bois, rue Victor-Hugo
In September 2014, a four-storey building located in Rosny-sous-Bois (Seine-Saint-Denis), in the rue Victor-Hugo, was blown up by an explosion and caused the death of eight people and eleven injuries. This accidental explosion was due to a defective boiler that had generated overconsumption of gas.
Rosny-sous-Bois: explosion in a building, at least one dead and eleven injured >>http://t.co/pRugVQhiOe pic.twitter.com/nJu7qzzves
— Le Parisien (@le_Parisien) August 31, 2014
Marseille, rue Peyssonnel
In January 2014, in Marseille, a gas-related explosion that led to a fire caused the death of a worker in his fifties who worked on the gas pipeline at the origin of the accident, and injured four others. This particularly destructive fire had impacted 21 apartments, several of which had been almost destroyed.
Bondy, rue Jules-Guesde
In October 2007, the brewery L'Étoile in the center of Bondy (Seine-Saint-Denis) was blown by a gas explosion. A gas line pierced by the driver of a backhoe had caused an explosion, killing one person and injuring about fifty, about thirty seriously.
Deadly explosion in Bondy in 2007: justice will decide... in three months
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— Le Parisien | news (@leparisien_fdiv) January 20, 2022
Mulhouse, rue de la Martre
In December 2004, a gas explosion killed 18 people and injured 16 others in a low-rent housing in Mulhouse (Haut-Rhin), rue de la Martre. A thorough investigation concluded that a grey cast iron pipe leaked, leading to the indictment of GDF in April 2006 and a conviction in June 2009.
Dijon, avenue Eiffel
In December 1999, an accidental explosion linked to the rupture of a gas pipe completely destroyed a building and four floors of Avenue Eiffel, in Dijon (Côte-d'Or), and caused eleven deaths and three injuries. Seven years later, GDF was found guilty of "manslaughter and involuntary injury" and fined €200,000.