Two people critical after Alicante explosion

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4 August 2006, ALICANTE – Two people remain in a critical condition in hospital after a gas explosion destroyed an entire floor of a block of flats in Alicante.

4 August 2006

ALICANTE – Two people remain in a critical condition in hospital after a gas explosion destroyed an entire floor of a block of flats in Alicante.

Ten people were injured when the gas canister exploded at 76 Calle de Cerda in the Los Angeles neighbourhood, reducing the top floor of the three-storey block to rubble and damaging neighbouring buildings.

The authorities said four people, including a 14-year-old who alerted the emergency services to the disaster, had been found safe.

On Thursday, for hours, they were believed to be buried beneath the rubble, but were later found to have left the scene of the disaster.

A man and woman with burns to 80 percent of their body remain in a critical condition at Alicante’s Hospital General.

Two other adults are still being treated at the hospital, but are in a stable condition, as well as a 22-month old baby who is being treated for gas inhalation.

Alicante's mayor Andres Llorens said the early evidence suggested the accident had been caused by the incorrect use of a gas canister, however, investigations into the explosion have still not determined whether it took place in the kitchen or the bedroom.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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