Boulogne-Billancourt, france: an explosion blows a building, at least five injured BFMTV.COM
An explosion took place in the early afternoon in a three-storey building in Boulogne-Billancourt, in the Hauts-de-Seine, has learned BFMTV. Two floors have been blown out, said a police source. There are at least five injured. Two persons, a tenant and an agent ERDF, are in absolute emergency and three emergency related.
many firefighters have been deployed to the scene and are still trying to extinguish the fire caused by the explosion. A security perimeter was put in place. Three buildings located in the vicinity of the 33 road to the Queen, have also been evacuated. The areas around route de la Reine, Victor Hugo and Gallieni are looped.
Likely gas leak
A gas leak could be the cause of the accident in this building where a fast-food restaurant occupies the ground floor. The hypothesis of an accident is in any case preferred by the emergency services while works were underway in this building. The teams of GRDF are on site.
“This morning, the owner received his future renter (…), reports Jamal Gomari, who works for the firm engaged for the work. They detected a small leak so they asked us to leave the premises. When we returned, the building had jumped.”
A witness who works at a hundred meters from the scene of the explosion told BFMTV.com have heard an explosion and “the ground shook”. “We saw then a huge release of smoke,” continues Claire. The rubble fell on the sidewalk, damaging two vehicles.