Madrid mayor says explosion caused at least two deaths - UPDATED-1
- 20 January 2021
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.
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.
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.