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  • 1 September 2014, 5:13

Paris Flats Collapse: Hunt For Trapped Victims

At least three people have been killed and several more are trapped after an explosion in a four-storey building in Paris.

Sniffer dogs are being used to search for at least six people missing in the residential complex in Rosny-sous-Bois, an eastern suburb of the French capital.

Mayor Claude Capillon said: "There's still hope."

Gaetan de Raucourt, head of the Paris firefighting department, hoped residents had found "pockets of air" beneath the rubble.

"People might be sheltering there. We still have hope of finding survivors," he said.

Early indications are that the blast was caused by a gas leak.

The three people killed were an eight-year-old child and two women, one of whom was in her eighties, emergency services said.

At least ten others were injured.

Images of the blast showed it had ripped through virtually half of an adjacent apartment block.

Witnesses said the force of the blast shook buildings at least 100 metres from the site.

France's Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve visited the scene and pledged support for victims and their families.