Children Among at Least Seven Dead in South of France Explosion and Fire

An arson investigation has been opened into an explosion and fire that killed at least seven, including a child and an infant, in Saint-Laurent-de-la-Salanque, France, on February 14, according to local media.

Footage posted by Raphael Campanozzi shows flames engulfing a building on Rue Arago, in Saint-Laurent-de-la-Salanque. Campanozzi provided two videos, from the front and back of the building. He was not hurt in the incident but told Storyful: “I felt the blast since I live two blocks away.”

The Fire and Rescue Service of the Pyrenees-Orientales said on Facebook that local emergency services received a call following an explosion at a business, which set fire to the apartments above.

Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin made a visit to the scene, where he expressed his sympathies. In a Facebook post he said: “On behalf of the nation, I bring all my support and solidarity to the families and loved ones of the victims.” Credit: Raphael Campanozzi via Storyful

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