A woman in her 70s who worked at a design school has died in an explosion in central Paris a month ago that toppled a historic building and ignited a massive fire in a Left Bank neighborhood, raising the death toll to three, authorities said Friday.
A body was found in the rubble six days after the June 21 blast, and a 59-year-old insurance agency worker later died in hospital. A third seriously injured person died on Thursday, the Paris prosecutor’s office said.
A huge fire broke out in the French capital after the Paris explosion, many people were injured as clouds of smoke were seen across the city
The third victim was a woman born in 1946, the prosecutor’s office said. He worked at the Paris American Academy, a school in the rundown building that specializes in design and the arts, according to Florence Berthout, the mayor of the city’s 5th district.
The explosion, not far from the Luxembourg Gardens, left six people seriously injured and more than 50 with minor injuries or psychological trauma, according to Paris prosecutors.
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The homicide investigation is ongoing, with a gas leak being tested as one of the possible causes. Prosecutors are investigating whether the explosion was caused by a deliberate breach of safety rules.
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The historic infrastructure of the French capital has been subject to occasional gas explosions in the past.