Gas blast in Spain leaves 28 injured
Eighteen victims were treated Wednesday for burns over 69 percent on their bodies.4 December 2008
GAVA – A suspected gas explosion ripped through an apartment building near Barcelona in northeastern Spain Wednesday, leaving 28 people injured, 22 of them seriously, regional authorities said.
Eighteen of the victims of the blast at the three-story building in the industrial town of Gava sustained burns in at least 60 percent of their bodies, said Catalan regional health minister Marina Geli. Seven victims are minors.
Authorities are investigating what might have caused the explosion at 3:00 am (0200 GMT), the regional Catalan government said in a statement. Technicians said they had detected a problem with the gas pipes in the building.
The explosion left gaping holes in the front of the building, which was blackened from the smoke, from where the inside of the apartments could be seen.
"We saw people walking naked and burned in the streets," Cristobal Cruz, who lives in a building in front of the one which suffered the blast, told public television TVE.
Around 50 people living in neighbouring blocks of flats were evacuated as a precaution but have since been allowed to return home.
[AFP / Expatica]