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Major explosion in Paris injures 24, officials say as they fight major fire

The facade of the building, which housed the Paris American Academy, has collapsed.

Published: June 21, 2023 12:26pm

Updated: June 21, 2023 1:44pm

Smoke billowed over Paris on Wednesday, as at least 24 people were injured after a building caught on fire and partially collapsed, officials said as firefighters battle the inferno. 

The facade of the building, which housed the Paris American Academy, has collapsed, according to French outlet BMF TV

At least 24 people were injured, including four in a state of "urgency," the outlet also reported, as translated. 

Officials have advised people to avoid the area.

The fire was caused by a gas explosion, officials and witnesses said, according to Reuters, but other outlets, such as France 24, say the fire's origin is unknown.

Madeleine Hubbard is an international correspondent for Just the News. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram.

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