The explosion occurred on Friday afternoon in the suburb of Boulogne Billancourt
The explosion, a suspected gas leak, occurred on Friday afternoon in the suburb of Boulogne Billancourt to the south west of Paris.
At least five people were injured, two seriously, according to reports.
Eyewitnesses took photos and videos from the scene showing that the blast had ripped through the second or third floor of the building.
The front of the building was completely destroyed by the gas leak
The force was so strong that it blew the street-facing walls off.
Eyewitnesses told police that the explosion was so strong that the ground was shaking and huge plumes of smoke billowed into the air.
Two floors were blown apart, a police spokesperson said.
Furniture hangs out of the window where the explosion took place
The explosion was so ferocious that one flat was left with a gaping hole in the front of it.
Furniture, including a chair and a chest of drawers can be seen hanging out of the front of the building as smoke rises.
Firefighters battled a small fire that raged in one of the apartments close to where the gas leak exploded.
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Firefighters arrived to battle a small blaze that raged in the apartment
A security perimeter has been set up to protect residents, BFM TV reports.
Three buildings near the Route de la Reine were also evacuated.
Local reports suggest that there is a fast food restaurant on the ground floor of the building and this could have been the soyrce of teh gas leak.
Gas Distribution Network France (GRDF), a French gas provider, has sent teams to investigate the blast.