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© Reuters. Explosion in Madrid downtown

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By Nathan Allen and Michael Gore

MADRID (Reuters) – A minimum of three individuals died and 6 have been injured on Wednesday when a constructing in central Madrid belonging to the Catholic Church was blown aside by an explosion, native authorities mentioned.

Preliminary investigations instructed that the blast in Calle Toledo, a road main out from the town centre, was brought on by a gasoline leak, Mayor Jose Luis Martinez-Almeida mentioned.

“The more than likely speculation is a gasoline leak, there was an individual engaged on the boiler,” the mayor informed reporters as he introduced {that a} physique had been found below the rubble, elevating the demise toll to 3.

“Firefighters nonetheless should retrieve the corpse,” he mentioned, with out offering additional particulars.

Earlier, a Church official mentioned one church volunteer was lacking. One of many casualties was an 85-year-old lady, authorities mentioned.

Two of the injured have been transferred to hospital, one in severe situation with a head damage.

Smoke billowed out of the partly collapsed constructing and rescue employees evacuated aged individuals from a close-by nursing house.

The highest 5 flooring have been completely destroyed, with partitions blown out, whereas the underside two flooring have been nonetheless principally intact, however charred in locations from the flames.

The constructing was a fancy that supplied residential coaching for clergymen and likewise gave meals to homeless individuals, a neighbour mentioned.

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