Paris suburb building blast death toll reaches 8

September 1, 2014 - 2:05 PM
France Building Explosion

French firemen carry a victim in the rubble of a building after an explosion collapsed it, in Rosny-sous-Bois, outside Paris, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. French authorities say a four-story building in a northeastern Paris suburb has collapsed after an explosion, killing a child. More people are thought to underneath the rubble. Speaking on i-Tele, fire department spokesman Gabriel Plus said around 10 people were evacuated from the building in Rosny-sous-bois that occurred early Sunday morning. Plus said that around another 10 people could still be underneath the rubble, and emergency teams were working hard to rescue people who might be trapped. "We could still find living victims in the hours to come," he said. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve has arrived at the scene, but couldn't confirm a theory that the explosion was caused by a gas leak. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

PARIS (AP) — The death toll in the partial collapse of a four-story apartment building in a Paris suburb has risen to eight after emergency crews pulled the bodies of a man and a woman from the rubble.

Fire department spokesman Gabriel Plus said the bodies were found Monday in Rosny-sous-Bois, a town northeast of the capital.

Officials said there was no longer any danger in the neighborhood after an explosion sheared part of the building Sunday, scattering scraps of metal and household belongings.

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said a gas leak is believed to be the cause of the explosion.