Huge explosion, fire rocks France's Lyon university

  17 January 2019    Read: 2952
  Huge explosion, fire rocks France

French authorities say a strong explosion and fire has hit a science building at the University of Lyon. At least three people have been slightly injured.

The university says construction work was the cause and that it was "accidental."

The town of Villeurbanne, the Lyon suburb where the university is located, tweeted that the area has been evacuated after Thursday's blast. It said the explosion hit the roof of the building.

An official with the Lyon region emergency service said firefighters are on the scene.

The explosion hit days after a blast apparently caused by a gas leak hit a Paris bakery, killing four people and injuring several.

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