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Spain: Firefighters continue working on building destroyed by gas explosion in Madrid
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Spain: Firefighters continue working on building destroyed by gas explosion in Madrid

Spain, Madrid
January 20, 2021 at 23:30 GMT +00:00 · Published

Firefighting teams were workiing at the site of a gas explosion that so left at least three people dead and destroyed a major part of a building in Madrid on Wednesday night.

Policemen and firemen with dogs trained in locating people could be seen in the surroundings of the accident site. Specialised teams were mounted on cranes to the top of the building in view of the risk of collapse following the powerful explosion, which was felt throughout the neighbourhood located in the centre of the Spanish capital.

"I heard the first blast, which was at about three o'clock, and after five minutes we could hear the second explosion. And that was the one that was most noticeable. And, then, when I came up here the first thing I saw was a huge column of smoke, I couldn't see anything. And people [were] screaming, asking for help, [saying]: 'it was a bomb, it was a bomb,'" said Angel, a resident of the neighbourhood affected by the explosion.

According to regional government sources, at least three people lost their lives in the explosion, and a worker who was inspecting the building's boiler is missing.

Eight other people have been injured in the incident.

The building was located next to an old retirement home, which has been evacuated, and very close to a school, in whose courtyard some debris has fallen.

Spain: Firefighters continue working on building destroyed by gas explosion in Madrid
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Firefighting teams were workiing at the site of a gas explosion that so left at least three people dead and destroyed a major part of a building in Madrid on Wednesday night.

Policemen and firemen with dogs trained in locating people could be seen in the surroundings of the accident site. Specialised teams were mounted on cranes to the top of the building in view of the risk of collapse following the powerful explosion, which was felt throughout the neighbourhood located in the centre of the Spanish capital.

"I heard the first blast, which was at about three o'clock, and after five minutes we could hear the second explosion. And that was the one that was most noticeable. And, then, when I came up here the first thing I saw was a huge column of smoke, I couldn't see anything. And people [were] screaming, asking for help, [saying]: 'it was a bomb, it was a bomb,'" said Angel, a resident of the neighbourhood affected by the explosion.

According to regional government sources, at least three people lost their lives in the explosion, and a worker who was inspecting the building's boiler is missing.

Eight other people have been injured in the incident.

The building was located next to an old retirement home, which has been evacuated, and very close to a school, in whose courtyard some debris has fallen.