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At Least Two Dead, Several Injured After Blast Brings Down Building in Central Madrid

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Last Updated: January 20, 2021, 21:23 IST

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Smoke rises from a damaged building after an explosion in Madrid downtown, in Madrid Spain January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Susana Vera

Smoke rises from a damaged building after an explosion in Madrid downtown, in Madrid Spain January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Susana Vera

Initial investigations suggested that the blast in Calle de Toledo, a street leading out from the city centre, had been caused by a gas leak, he said.

At least two people died and several were injured when a building in a central Madrid belonging to the Catholic Church collapsed on Wednesday after an explosion, Mayor Jose Luis Martinez-Almeida told reporters.

Initial investigations suggested that the blast in Calle de Toledo, a street leading out from the city centre, had been caused by a gas leak, he said.

Smoke billowed out of the collapsed building and rescue workers evacuated elderly people from a nearby nursing home.

A Church official said one church volunteer was missing.

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first published:January 20, 2021, 20:12 IST
last updated:January 20, 2021, 21:23 IST