Five die in gas explosion in Cantabrian summer resort

27th July 2006, Comments 0 comments

27 July 2006, LAREDO – At least five people have been killed in a gas explosion in a an apartment block in Laredo in Cantabria.

27 July 2006

LAREDO – At least five people have been killed in a gas explosion in a an apartment block in Laredo in Cantabria.

Authorities said a couple, their daughter, an elderly woman and her carer had all died from smoke inhalation.

An elderly woman told news agency Efe she had heard an "enormous crash" which she thought was thunder, followed by voices and shouts.

The explosion, caused by a gas canister, started a fire which quickly ravaged both the second and third floors of the Jai Alai apartments in the area Ensanche in Laredo.

Firefighters were called at 4.30am. They found the bodies on the third floor of the flats, above the flat where the gas explosion started.

Another 10 people are injured, including a couple and their two young children who have been taken to the Bilbao hospital Cruces. The rest of the injured have been taken to Laredo hospital.

Another 33 people had to be evacuated from the property.

Four of the victims were Bizcayans who used their flat in Laredo as a weekend home. Some 90,000 tourists visit Laredo in the summer, with around 80 percent of them Basques since the coastal town is just 57 kilometres from Bilbao.

Laredo's mayor Santos Fernandez Revolvo said the victims were well-known in the community. He added that it was "bad luck" that the accident had happened in the tourist season.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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