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No Filipino hurt in Paris bakery gas explosion

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No Filipino was harmed in the recent explosion at a bakery in Paris that killed three people and injured scores of others, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Sunday night.

A general view shows debris and car wreckage following the explosion of a bakery on the corner of the streets Saint-Cecile and Rue de Trevise in central Paris on January 12, 2019. (Photo by Carl LABROSSE / AFP / MANILA BULLETIN)

A general view shows debris and car wreckage following the explosion of a bakery on the corner of the streets Saint-Cecile and Rue de Trevise in central Paris on January 12, 2019. (Photo by Carl LABROSSE / AFP / MANILA BULLETIN)

“The Philippine Embassy in Paris said it was informed by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs that none of the three fatalities or the almost 50 who were injured in the blast was from the Philippines,” DFA Asst. Sec. Elmer Cato said.

There are around 25,000 Filipinos in France, majority of them are in Paris.

Chargé d’Affaires Aileen Mendiola extended condolences to the families of the three fatalities.

The blast, caused by a suspected gas leak, took place at a bakery along Rue de Trevise on Saturday.

According to reports, two of the more than 200 fire fighters responding to the incident were among the dead.

Read more: Paris gas blast toll rises to 4 as body found in rubble

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