Two killed in blast at film company
6 September 2004, MADRID – Two people were killed Monday in a blast caused when explosives used for special effects in films went off, the mayor of the capital said.
6 September 2004
MADRID – Two people were killed Monday in a blast caused when explosives used for special effects in films went off, the mayor of the capital said.
Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón, mayor of Madrid, said the tragedy happened at a storehouse which did not have permission to keep explosive devices.
Police named the two workers who died as Arturo Sánchez and Valentín Fernández, who did not work for the company that owned the warehouse.
The two men were crushed to death by rubble when a wall collapsed.
The explosion caused a fire at the warehouse in the La Cerámica area on the outskirts of Madrid.
Eight other people were injured, one seriously, as a result of the fire.
A 42-year-old man had second-degree burns on his face, neck and back and was taken to hospital where doctors are monitoring his condition.
Seven others, who were not seriously injured, included four neighbours and a woman who was passing by when the explosion happened.
Three were taken to hospital and the others were treated at the scene.
Two pensioners, both aged 72, were among the three taken to the hospital. Another who was taken to hospital, worked at the company.
A four-storey building next to the warehouse in the calle Trasera de la Sierra Toledana, in which 11 families live, was badly damaged.
Firefighters said the families would not be able to return to the building which would have to be destroyed.
Two other companies nearby, one which sells tyres and the other which repairs cars, were also badly damaged.
Firefighters were still battling the blaze at the warehouse.
A spokesman said the blast had been caused by special-effects explosives normally used in films, which were being stored at the warehouse.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news