An explosion has taken place at the Hubert bakery at No.6 Rue de Trévise at around 9AM.
French newspaper Le Parisien reports that the bakery was not open at the time of the blast. Firefighters were already responding to a gas leak reported at the address shortly before the explosion took place.
The explosion blew out windows from buildings with a couple of hundred metres radius of the bakery. Debris was shot across the street with reports of cars flipped over. The explosion has injured 20 people, 9 seriously. Some of the firefighters are among those hurt.
Speaking to Le Monde, a receptionist working in the Diva Hotel, close to the blast has said that guests were given reassurances that the blast was not terror related.
A local resident has also said that his windows were blown out in his apartment and he could hear screaming.
There has been no link made between the Yellow Vest protest currently taking place in Paris, nor has there been a suggestion that it was a terrorist attack.
According to BBC reports two firefighters and a Spanish woman have been killed after a huge blast at a bakery in France’s capital, Paris.
The emergency services were responding to a gas leak when “a dramatic explosion” occurred, said Interior Minister Christophe Castaner.
Forty-seven people were injured, 10 seriously, in the blast on rue de Trévise at around 09:00 (08:00 GMT).
It happened near the Paris Opera, a popular tourist area, and was felt several streets away.