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Two bodies found after Marseille building destroyed in explosion

Two bodies have been found after an explosion flattened a four-storey apartment building in the southern French city of Marseille.

Local authorities said six people remained unaccounted for and that rescue efforts were ongoing.

The blast occurred in the La Plaine neighbourhood at 00:49 local time on Sunday (23:49 BST on Saturday).

The cause remains unclear, but investigators are looking into the possibility of a gas leak.

Five people from neighbouring buildings sustained minor injuries in the explosion and around 200 people had to be evacuated from their homes. Two nearby blocks partially collapsed a few hours later without causing any additional injuries.

On Monday the mayor of Marseille, Benoit Payan, warned nearby buildings were at risk of collapsing.

Around 100 firefighters attended the scene to tackle a blaze that burned under the rubble throughout Sunday.

The fire hampered progress and made it difficult for rescuers to deploy sniffer dogs, although authorities said on Sunday evening that the blaze was showing signs of abating.


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