PARIS, France - A gas explosion has triggered a fire in several buildings in the fifth arrondissement of central Paris, near the Jardin du Luxembourg and Sorbonne University, according to local officials and witnesses.
The explosion occurred on Rue Saint-Jacques at 11:30 a.m. local time, causing flames and smoke to rise from the affected buildings. The Paris police department said they were making checks on the incident and urged people to avoid the area.
French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said he was closely following the situation and thanked the firefighters for their intervention. The cause of the explosion and the extent of the damage are not yet known. No casualties have been reported so far.
The fifth arrondissement of Paris is one of the oldest and most historic districts of the city, home to landmarks, museums, and universities. It is also a popular tourist destination and a lively student area.
This is a developing story. More details will be updated as they become available.