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Building collapses in northern France, two dead

Firemen are at work near the collapsed section of an apartment building on April 28, 2013 in Reims, France.
Firemen are at work near the collapsed section of an apartment building on April 28, 2013 in Reims, France.Francois Nascimbeni / AFP - Getty Images

PARIS — Part of a five-storey residential building collapsed in the center of the northeastern French city of Reims on Sunday, killing two people and injuring at least 10, officials said.

The collapse, which left several apartments dangling in open air, may have been caused by a gas explosion and investigations were continuing, regional official Michel Bernard told BFM-TV.

The casualty toll was provisional and could rise, he said. Around 10 of the 40 apartments in the 1960s-era building were affected by the 11.15 a.m. (5:15 a.m. EDT) collapse. "There is a lot of rubble to clear," he said.