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Search for survivors after six die in Paris building explosion

Among the victims were a 10-year-old boy and a mother and two children aged 14 and 18.

The bodies of a 45-year-old woman and another adult were also recovered from the remains of the four-storey building in the northeastern suburb of Rosny-sous-Bois.

Firefighters were combing the wreckage for two other missing people, Mayor Claude Capillon said.

"There's still hope," said Capillon, stressing that the search and rescue operation would continue until the missing persons were accounted for.

However local prefect Philippe Galli cautioned that "the more time that passes the more the chances of finding survivors drops."

Some 40 firefighters and other rescue workers toiled throughout Sunday night among the ruins of the building with the help of sniffer dogs.

The building was practically scythed in two. Wallpaper, toilet seats, family photos and other everyday items were left open to the elements.

Neighbours said the blast, which happened at around 7:00 am (0500 GMT) Sunday, was strong enough to shake buildings some 100 metres (yards) away.

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