The number of deaths in the explosion of an apartment in France reaches 3; search on –


A resident pulls a boat away from a three-story building that fell after it collapsed in a suspected gas explosion on the Mediterranean coast of southern France on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 in Sanary-sur-Mer. French rescuers dug up a man’s body, but also dragged a toddler and the child’s mother alive from the rubble of the building that collapsed in a suspected gas explosion. Two other people are missing. (AP Photo / Daniel Cole)

PARIS (AP) – French rescuers on Wednesday recovered two other bodies from the rubble of a building in southern France that collapsed in a suspected gas explosion, bringing the total death toll to three.

Local firefighters said they had canceled the search because no one else was missing in Tuesday’s explosion in the coastal town of Sanary-sur-Mer on the French Mediterranean coast.

Construction crews began demolishing an adjacent building on Wednesday, fearing it too could collapse, firefighters said.

In the aftermath of Tuesday’s explosion, rescuers heard the cries of a baby under the rubble and dug up a child around 10 months old and his mother. Both were hospitalized. The father was found dead next to the baby, authorities said.

Rescue efforts continued through the night and two more bodies were found.

It was not immediately clear what caused the explosion, but regional authorities said first responders noticed a strong smell of gas upon arrival at the scene.

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