At least two killed in Madrid city centre explosion

20 Janvier, 2021, 19:03 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Images broadcast on Spanish television showed smoke billowing from the top floor of the building

AT LEAST TWO people have died and several people have been injured following an explosion in central Madrid, according to the city's mayor.

The first images and footage shared on social media showed a tower of smoke coming out from the six-story building and rubble scattered in Toledo Street, near the city centre.

Madrid's emergency services said rescue teams, firefighters and police are working in a central area of the Spanish capital following the explosion that witnesses described as 'extremely loud'. Debris covered parked vehicles and the street below, and a mangled metal street sign could be seen on the ground.

Mayor Jose Luis Martinez-Almeida told reporters at the scene that "it seems there was a gas explosion in the building".

Emergency services could not immediately confirm if there had been injuries.

Mr Martínez-Almeida said the cause was not confirmed, but it is suspected to have been due to a gas leak.

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A Church official said one church volunteer was missing.

"Two priests are in good condition and one has been transferred to a hospital".

"We didn't know where the sound came from", she said.

Police officers are at the scene, a spokesperson for the Spanish National Police told CNN.

All residents from the elderly care home have been evacuated, said the director of Los Nogales residence, Antonio Berlanga.

CNN's Al Goodman reported from Madrid, Claudia Rebaza from London and Ingrid Formanek from Granada, Spain.

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