Three people have died and at least 14 have been injured after a suspected gas explosion at a block of flats in the French city of Reims. Officials believe there could be more injured people trapped beneath the rubble of the four-story building.
At least three people have died and 14 others were injured when a possible gas explosion ripped off the side of a five-story residential building in France's Champagne country, the Associated Press reported, citing officials.
More than 100 rescue workers, firefighters, sniffer-dog squads and bomb and gas experts were sent to the subsidized housing complex in the city of Reims.
"The explosion of a residential building in Reims is a terrible drama," French President Francois Hollande's office said in a statement.
Michel Bernard, the top government official in Reims, said rescue workers searching for survivors found the body of a woman under the rubble this afternoon, raising the death toll to three.
He said it was unlikely that the toll would rise any higher.
The French news programme French 3 reports that two people have died, one person is injured and ten apartments have been destroyed as a result of an explosion at an apartment block in the City of Reims.
The news outlet has also tweeted photos of the explosion site in Reims which shows the collapsed apartment blocks.