Paris building blast toll reaches 8

Last updated 07:35 02/09/2014
Reuters

French firefighters search the rubble of a collapsed building, where at least eight people were killed.

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The death toll in the partial collapse of a four-story apartment building in a Paris suburb has risen to eight after emergency crews pulled the bodies of a man and a woman from the rubble.

Fire department spokesman Gabriel Plus said the bodies were found overnight (NZ time) in Rosny-sous-Bois, a town northeast of the capital.

Officials said there was no longer any danger in the neighbourhood after an explosion sheared part of the building Sunday, scattering scraps of metal and household belongings.

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said a gas leak is believed to be the cause of the explosion.

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