At least 3 killed, multiple injured in large explosion in Madrid

At Least 3 Dead Several Injured In Madrid Building Explosion Mayor

At least two people died in Madrid when a building partially collapsed following a massive explosion on Wednesday.

A tower of smoke rose from the building, where repairs were being done to a gas boiler, and billowed through Toledo Street, near the city's center.

A nearby nursing home was evacuated and no injuries were initially reported among the residents, Madrid Mayor José Luis Martínez Almeida told reporters on the ground.

Images from the scene showed the walls on the top four or five storeys of the residential building in the heart of the La Latina neighbourhood had been blown out, with debris littered far and wide.

The blast, which occurred around 3pm (14:00 GMT), started a fire inside the building.

The building is located next door to an elderly care home, but no-one there was hurt, the head of the residence told Spanish public television.

According to the publication, Spanish newspaper El País quoted a spokesperson for the company that runs the establishment as saying no employee or resident was injured but authorities were "evacuating residents to the hotel across the street" - Hotel Ganivet.

Martínez Almeida also said that some mild damage had been identified in a nearby school.

In a tweet, the Madrid regional emergency service said that rescue teams, firefighters and police were working in a central area of the Spanish capital following the explosion.

Several floors of the building on the capital's Toledo Street have been affected by the blast, that ripped through the building shortly after 2:30 p.m. local time. Spain's public broadcaster, TVE, said the school was thought to have been empty because classes had not resumed yet following a record snowfall in Madrid on January 9.

Neighborhood resident Leire Reparaz said she heard the explosion and wasn't immediately sure where it was coming from.

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

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