Paris explosion kills two firefighters and Spanish tourist

Firemen work at the site of an explosion in a bakery shop in the 9th District in Paris, France, January 12, 2019 REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Three people have been confirmed killed following a possible gas leak which led to an explosion in Paris on Saturday.

Among those killed were two firefighters as well as a Spanish woman.

Paris Fire Chief, Eric Moulin confirmed that Simon Cartannaz (28) and Nathanaël Josselin (27) had been killed.

Based on estimates carried out on Sunday, there were around 50 people injured, nine of which remain in a critical condition.

A special crowdfunding page has been created allowing people to raise money for their families. This afternoon, people had already pledged over €85,000.

The Spanish woman (38) was a tourist reported to have been with her husband and three children.

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It is understood that the blast took place around 9AM at the Hubert Bakery in Rue de Trevise, the 9th  arrondissemont (district).

The blast pushed over cars and shot glass, wood and stone debris across the streets, as well as causing shop windows in the surrounding area to smash.

The explosion took place only hours before demonstrations by the Yellow Vest protest movement was set to take place through the city.