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Reims building collapse after blast 'kills three'

At least three people have died after an explosion partly destroyed a block of flats in the northern French city of Reims, officials say.

Mayor Adeline Hazan told BFM TV that the explosion at the four-storey building was probably caused by a gas leak.

Emergency services say at least 10 people have been injured, including a number of children.

One resident said she initially thought the explosion was a car on fire.

  • 28 Apr 2013
  • From the section Europe
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