Death toll from Paris bakery explosion rises to four

Two firefighters were among those killed in the powerful blast yesterday

Death toll from Paris bakery explosion rises to four

Flames are seen after an explosion of a bakery on the corner of the streets Saint-Cecile and Rue de Trevise in central Paris on January 12, 2019. Picture by: NurPhoto/SIPA USA/PA Images

The number of people killed in a powerful explosion at a Paris bakery has risen to four.

It's after a woman's body was found by rescue workers in the rubble of a building, which was partially destroyed in the blast.

The explosion is believed to have been caused by a gas leak.

Two firefighters - who were investigating that leak - and a Spanish tourist were also killed.

The Spanish woman is reported to have been staying in a hotel facing the building where the explosion happened.

The two firefighters - aged 27 and 28 - had been responding to reports of a smell of gas in the building when the blast occurred.

A fundraising appeal for the families of the two men has raised more than €40,000.

French President Emmanuel Macron is among those who have paid tribute to the "hero firefighters". 

France24 reports that 46 other people were injured in the explosion, nine of them seriously.

A number of firefighters remain at the scene today, after 200 were involved in the initial response yesterday.