Seven people including two children were killed overnight from Sunday to Monday in a fire caused by an unexplained explosion in southern France, prosecutors said.


Residents reported hearing a blast around 1:30 am that set buildings ablaze on both sides of a street in the small seaside town of Saint-Laurent-de-la-Salanque, around 15 kilometres (nine miles) from the city of Perpignan.


Firefighters continued to search for potential victims of the fire Monday in two small blocks of flats left unstable by the damage from the blaze.


Prosecutors said they had opened an investigation into the cause of the explosion.

Source: AFP