Electrical fire bringsMadrid to standstill

15th July 2004, Comments 0 comments

15 July 2004, MADRID — A huge electrical fire paralysed the centre of Madrid Thursday, left a dense cloud of smoke hanging over the city and caused a number of electricity cuts, emergency services said.

15 July 2004

MADRID — A huge electrical fire paralysed the centre of Madrid Thursday, left a dense cloud of smoke hanging over the city and caused a number of electricity cuts, emergency services said.

The Paseo del Prado, which contains the world-famous Prado Museum, had to be closed while emergency services tackled the blaze.

Police also stopped traffic between the Plaza Cibeles to Atocha station, scene of the one of the train bombings in which 191 people were killed in March.

Later it appeared the fire happened in an electricity substation owned by the Union Fenosa.

It set off a number of smaller fires.

The sub-station is in calle Alamaden in the centre of the city.

A loud explosion was heard at about 1.30pm and soon afterwards there was a power-cut.

Witnesses said they heard a series of explosions soon afterwards.

The flames were said to be between 20 and 30 metres high.  

Firefighters said a fourth-floor building in calle Almaden, the same road as the sub-station, was totally enveloped in flames.

Five people were said to have suffered minor injuries from smoke inhalation.

Another explosion in the Salamanca area caused by a similar fire left a huge curtain of smokes over the city, which was visible for a number of kilometres.

Members of Parliament, meeting for the inquiry into the 11 March attacks which is held nearby, initially thought it was a terrorist attack.

But the inquiry continued afterwards. 

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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