One dead, 26 injured in gas blast in French city of Lyon
Explosion caused by a gas leak rocked the French city of Lyon on Thursday, killing a firefighter and injuring 26 people.
PARIS, February 28, 2008 - An explosion caused by a gas leak rocked the
French city of Lyon on Thursday, killing a firefighter and injuring 26 people,
A large number of firefighters were dispatched to the scene on the Cours
Lafayette shopping street in the heart of Lyon where the blast occurred around
midday during road maintenance.
Fire engulfed several buildings in the city centre and police were
evacuating the area.
A firefighter, who was investigating the gas leak in the basement of a
building, was killed in the blast, said Lyon Mayor Gerard Colomb.
"We do not rule out the possibility of a second explosion," said rescue
official Serge Delaigue.
Many of the injured suffered minor scrapes, but two were seriously hurt,
according to the local prefecture.
Interior Minister Michele Alliot-Marie decided to travel to Lyon, France's
third biggest city, her office said.