09/27/2013 12:40 pm ET Updated Nov 27, 2013

Explosion In Garage In Central Paris Kills At Least 3, Mayor Says Blast Likely An Accident


(Adds details on fuel tank, fire brigade statement)

PARIS, Sept 27 (Reuters) - At least three people were killed on Friday in a large explosion on a work site in central Paris which the fire brigade said was likely an accident caused by a fuel tank igniting.

The blast on a narrow street in northern Paris ripped through an underground garage where several workers were gathered, causing surrounding buildings to shake.

A building across from the blast site had been evacuated and the fire brigade was reinforcing its foundations to avoid collapse, a fireman said.

A fuel tank was the most likely cause of the blast, he added. Rescuers were using dogs to search for a possible fourth victim under rubble.

"The circumstances of this tragedy are not yet clear and an investigation will shed light on this terrible accident," Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe said in a statement. (Reporting By Gerard Bon; Writing by Nicholas Vinocur; editing by Mark John)



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