BORDEAUX: An 88-year-old woman was killed and her 89-year-old partner was seriously hurt during an explosion in a garage in the French city of Bordeaux on Saturday, firefighters said.
Initial investigations suggest gas was the cause of the blast, which destroyed the small building and seriously damaged two neighbouring buildings.
The woman had been listed as missing after the blast at around 8 am in the Chartrons district of the western French city.
Firefighters said they found her body under rubble at around 4 pm.
Her partner, the 89-year-old man, is fighting for his life, according to city officials.
A second person initially named as missing has since come forward.
So far nine other people have been identified with minor injuries following the blast. About 70 firefighters were on the scene. Emergency services used sniffer dogs and equipment to clear the debris in their search.
The explosion destroyed a car park and garage on the ground floor and lodgings on the floor above. The windows of several nearby shops were blown out by the force of the blast.
Source: The News