Gas blast kills Norwegian tourist in Canaries

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A 55-year-old Norwegian female tourist died Thursday after suffering burns over her entire body in a hotel gas explosion on the Spanish Canary Islands, a hospital official said.

A tanker truck was delivering gas in the luxury Cordial hotel in Mogan, on Gran Canaria island, when the fuel exploded Wednesday.

The blast caved in part of a spa roof and injured six people including the Norwegian tourist.

The tourist was "burned over 100 percent of her body" said a spokeswoman for the island's Doctor Negrin hospital.

The victim's name was not given.

Among the others injured, "a woman burned over 90 percent of her body is still in a very serious condition in the intensive care unit," the spokeswoman said.

About 1,000 tourists were briefly evacuated after the blast.

Mogan is a tourist village of about 20,000 people in the southwest of Gran Canaria island.

© 2011 AFP

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