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At least two people died and nine were injured when an apartment building in the French city of Reims collapsed Sunday after a suspected gas explosion, authorities said, leaving people trapped under debris.
"Two people died and nine were hurt," in a provisional toll after the accident, a spokesman for the city's firefighting department told AFP.
Local authorities said the "probable" cause of the collapse of the four-storey building in the heart of the Champagne region was a gas explosion.
An AFP photographer present at the scene -- citing rescue workers -- said victims were still buried under the rubble of the building.