Explosion in Madrid building leaves 2 dead and 18 injured

Madrid city officials say an explosion has destroyed a four-story residential building in the center of the Spanish capital, killing two people and injuring at least 18 others.

MADRID (AP) — An explosion ripped through a four-story residential building in central Madrid on Friday, killing two people and wounding at least 18 others, authorities said.

Spanish emergency services initially said they were searching for two missing workers who worked in the building. After an hours-long search, firefighters said the bodies of two people, ages 21 and 27, were found in the rubble.

A video released by the city of Madrid shows paramedics treating the injured at the scene in the upscale Salamanca neighborhood as police and firefighters cordoned off streets littered with glass and debris.

Four of the injured were taken to a hospital, including one person in serious condition, after the blast sent plumes of smoke into the air. Emergency crews combed the building to check the structure and search for anyone trapped inside, Madrid Mayor José Luis Martínez-Almeida told broadcaster Telemadrid.

When asked about reports that a gas leak had caused the explosion, the mayor said it was too early to tell.

“Some work was being done on the building and neighbors said there was a loud explosion,” he said.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said in a tweet that his office was closely monitoring the situation and offered his support to the victims.

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