25 injured in suspected gas explosion in Spain
The blast and a subsequent fire destroyed the block of flats near Barcelona and left 17 people seriously injured.
3 December 2008
GAVA – A suspected gas explosion injured 25 people in a block of flats near Barcelona in northeast Spain Wednesday, a regional government spokeswoman said.
At least 17 of them are seriously injured.
"An accumulation of gas" in the lower part of the three-storey block in the town of Gava could have set off the explosion, the spokeswoman for the interior ministry of the Catalan government told AFP.
The blast happened around 3.00 am (0200 GMT). At least four children were among the injured.
The building was almost completely destroyed by the blast and a subsequent fire, an AFP photographer at the scene said.
Firemen were combing the wreckage in the search for any more victims in the building whose walls were instable, the spokeswoman said.
Around 50 people living in neighbouring blocks of flats had been evacuated as a precaution, she added.
[AFP / Expatica]