Madrid mayor says explosion caused at least two deaths - UPDATED-1

Madrid mayor says explosion caused at least two deaths - UPDATED-1
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At least two people have been killed in an explosion that caused the partial collapse of a building in central Madrid on Wednesday and provoked a fire inside, Mayor Jose Luis Martinez-Almeida told reporters, APA reports citing Reuters.

He said initial information pointed to a gas leak that likely caused the blast.

 

***18:59

One building collapsed in a central Madrid explosion, with smoke coming out of the building and rescue workers evacuating elderly people from a nearby nursing home, APA reports citing Reuters.

A reporter for TVE public broadcaster said several had been injured, without giving details. A witness told that there was at least one person trapped inside.

 

***18:32

A loud explosion was heard in central Madrid, APA reports citing Reuters.

Government sources saying it may have been a gas leak. Officials could not immediately confirm.

Two witnesses said they heard a loud explosion.

Smoke plume was observed in the neighborhood after the blast, the witnesses reported.

Emergency services could not immediately confirm what had happened.

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