Paris: A powerful explosion rocked a building on the Left Bank of Paris in France on Wednesday, injuring at least 16 people. Due to this, the smoke of the fire has enveloped the monuments of the city and people had to be evacuated from the buildings around the scene. The cause of the explosion was not immediately known. A Paris police official said the facade of a building in the Fifth arrondissement had collapsed and emergency workers were trying to find out if anyone was inside. The explosion occurred near the historic Val de Grace military hospital. ⚡️Aftermath of a gas explosion in Paris pic.twitter.com/SYQtLBy0k3 — War Monitor (@WarMonitors) June 21, 2023 The condition is serious. The fire has been brought under control but has not been doused, he said. Paris police spokeswoman Loubna Atta said it was too early to say what caused the fire and did not confirm reports that the fire was caused by a gas explosion.