Blast level French building; at least one dead, baby found


Paris — French rescue workers unearthed a man’s body, but left the baby and child’s mother alive from the rubble of a three-story apartment that collapsed on Tuesday on a suspected gas explosion on the Mediterranean coast of southern France. I rescued you. The other two are missing.

According to Captain Aurelia Mannaioni of the Fire Department, a baby about 10 months old was found by a detection dog and pulled out by rescue workers who dug a huge pile of debris. Chief local government officials said rescue workers were also taken to the baby’s whereabouts by the screams. The baby’s father was found dead beside him.

According to Mannaioni, the child was sent to the hospital to treat his injury. She said the child’s mother was also rescued and hospitalized in a serious condition.

According to Manaioni, the body of a man in his thirties was found in the rubble. She said he was the father of the rescued child.

According to Manaioni, the search for the other two who exploded overnight in the coastal town of Sana Lee Lemaire continued.

The cause of the explosion was not immediately apparent, but local officials said they noticed a strong gas odor when the first responders arrived at the scene.

Prime Minister Evens Richard, a senior government official in the Var region of southern France, said baby screams and detection dogs helped identify the location in the rubble.

“At one moment the child started crying,” he said. “It allowed the first localization that the dog confirmed.”

Colonel Eric Grohin, chief of the regional fire department, said the body of his father was found with his child. Firefighters first dug up their mother and then their children, Grohin said.

“We created a kind of gallery,” he said. “I managed to get the conscious child out.”

Jon Lester

Associated Press