An 88-year-old woman was killed and her 89-year-old partner was seriously injured in an explosion in a garage in the French city of Bordeaux on Saturday.
Initial research suggests that gas was the cause of the explosion, which destroyed the small building and badly damaged two neighboring buildings.
The woman was reported missing after the explosion at around 8 a.m. (7:00 a.m. GMT) in the Chartrons district of the western French city.
Firefighters said they found her body under rubble around 4 p.m.
Her partner, the 89-year-old man, had officially fought for his life in the hospital before he later improved.
A second person, originally reported missing, has now come forward.
So far, nine other people have been identified with minor injuries after the explosion.
About 70 firefighters were on site.
The emergency services used sniffer dogs and equipment to clear up the debris in their search.
The explosion destroyed a parking lot and garage on the ground floor and accommodations on the upper floor.
The windows of several nearby shops were blown out by the force of the explosion.
Lucie Perrouault, 21, said she was scared when the windows “exploded”.
“The glass from our window was blown on us, we stepped on glass and my friend was injured,” she said.
Mael, 38, said she was “sleeping and I heard a big boom – my bay window exploded”.
“I went outside and saw that an apartment had been blown up”.
While gas supplies to the district were shut down, “we don’t yet know if it was the gas network or the canisters” that caused the explosion, said Eric Destarac, a spokesman for gas distribution company Regaz.
Firefighters got some gas bottles from the garage, he added.
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