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In pictures: Firefighters rush to Paris bakery blaze

A huge explosion has ripped through a bakery in central Paris, killing firefighters and injuring dozens of civilians.

Police believe a gas leak caused the explosion on Rue de Trévise, in the French capital's 9th Arrondissement on Saturday morning.

Pictures from the scene show firemen in the debris-littered streets, damaged vehicles, and entire front walls blown off apartment blocks.

French firefighters in helmets run with a hose near a Paris bakery on the corner of the streets Saint-Cecile and Rue de Trevise Image copyright AFP/Getty Images
Flames are visible at the site of the bakery as people in the street survey the destruction Image copyright Reuters
An injured man is evacuated on a stretcher by firefighters Image copyright AFP/Getty Images
Cars lie upturned on their sides near the scene of the blast Image copyright AFP/Getty Images
An injured man with a bloodied bandage round his head Image copyright AFP/Getty Images
A woman climbs down a ladder from a high building, following a firefighter Image copyright AFP/Getty Images
An elderly woman evacuated from a damaged building holds the arm of a fiefighter Image copyright AFP/Getty Image
Emergency workers carry a stretcher Image copyright EPA

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