MADRID: A powerful explosion inside a building in Madrid on Wednesday killed at least two people, in what appears to be a gas leak.
Emergency services tweeted that two people had died, while another was seriously injured and six others had suffered minor injuries. “It looks like there was a gas explosion in the building,” Mayor Jose Luis Martinez Almeida told reporters at the scene, where hundreds of police and rescue workers filled the streets.
The La Paloma residence said in a statement on its website that the incident took place in a building next door to an elderly care home, but no one was hurt. Photographs from the scene show four or five-story walls blown up, debris scattered far and wide.
Nine firefighters and 11 ambulances were dispatched to the scene by hundreds of police and rescue workers in the streets, which were completely closed to traffic and pedestrians, AFP news agency reported. Emergency services tweeted, “Blast in a building in Black Toledo affects at least four floors.
Images broadcast on Spanish television showed cars destroyed by an explosion and smoke billowing from the top floor of the building. “The noise was very loud, very loud, really,” said Lorenzo Fonito, a 43-year-old Italian salesman working from home in a nearby apartment. “I’ve never heard anything so loud before,” he added.