Baby is third victim of gas leak blast

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14 January 2005, MADRID-A fourth-month-old baby girl was the third person to die in connection with a blast caused by a gas leak in Madrid.

14 January 2005

MADRID-A fourth-month-old baby girl was the third person to die in connection with a blast caused by a gas leak in Madrid.

The baby died early on Friday after being in a critical state since the blast late on Wednesday.

Her death brings the death toll from the explosion to three. One woman was killed instantly and another died shortly afterwards from her injuries.

Twelve others were injured in the explosion in Getafe, a town south of Madrid.

A 27-year-old woman, who has not been named, was killed in the explosion. The other woman's details have not been released.

Forty houses were damaged by the explosion. At least two have been destroyed.

The Red Cross said it appeared a gas leak had caused the explosion.

Four of the injured people were said to be in a grave condition, suffering from serious burns. Others had fractured bones, cuts and bruises.

María del Carmen Bañas, a neighbour who lives near the flat where the explosion is thought to have happened, said: "Everything fell on top of our terrace. Everything has been destroyed, the kitchen, the terrace."

She said she went into the flat where the blast happened with her husband to find a woman who had been killed.

But they managed to resuscitate a man and a baby who they found inside the same apartment.

Emergency services said her quick-thinking probably saved the lives of the man and the child.

Gas explosions are not uncommon in Spain where many people use butane containers which are sold in the street, but which may not be secure.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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