Firemen work at the site of an explosion in a bakery shop in the 9th District in Paris, France.
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PARIS - A large explosion badly damaged a bakery in central Paris on Saturday, injuring several people and smashing windows in surrounding buildings, police and AFP journalists at the scene said.
A fire broke out after the blast at around 9am in the busy 9th district of the city, which police suspect may have been caused by a gas leak.
Images posted on Twitter showed debris covering the street and the lower part of the building blown out and on fire.
An AFP photographer saw at least one person being carried away on a stretcher from the building by firefighters.
Firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze and evacuate some people from the building using ladders while emergency workers treated some of the injured at the scene.