A HUGE explosion tore through a burning residential building in Paris tonight.
The massive blast came as around 60 firefighters battled to control the inferno in the 19th arrondissement of the French capital.
Facebook Dozens of firefighters are said to be on the scene of the burning flats in the north east of Paris tonight
Facebook Flames tore through the building as witnesses said the fire leapt from the first to the second floor
Sirens and smoke fill the air in terrifying videos posted on social media showing firefighters attempting to use ladders to rescue residents inside the building.
Local media said the fire had spread between the second and fifth floors.
It is not yet known if anyone was injured in the blaze or the explosion — some residents were able to evacuate before the fire roared out of control.
The origin of the fire, which is taking place on Macdonald Boulevard, is still unknown.
And it is also not clear what triggered the enormous explosion.
A fire department spokesperson said: “The building is not fuelled by gas but there may well have been gas cylinders stored on the balconies,” Le Parisien reports.
Electricity has also been cut off in the area.
One witness to the fire shared a picture of it online with caption: “Violent fire in the 19th in Paris in a residential building.
“Explosion heard instantly. Firefighters on site.”
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The emergency is unfolding less than a kilometre away from Rosa Parks railway station, causing the hashtag Rosa Parks to trend.
And one woman commenting on the news who claimed to live in the building said she was “worried for her neighbours”.
The 19th arrondissement is in the north east of Paris.
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