Two people killed as huge explosion rocks building in Madrid
At least two people have died and several have been injured following an explosion at a building in central
Madrid. The top four floors were destroyed in the suspected gas blast around 3 pm today.
Madrid’s mayor Jose José Luis Martínez-Almeida confirmed shortly after the explosion at least two people
had died. Emergency crews rushed to the capital’s Toledo Street following what is thought to have been
a gas blast.
The top four floors of the building have been destroyed and footage posted to social media shows the road
littered with debris as smoke billows out. Children attending a school next door have been kept inside while
police cordon off the area. Authorities have confirmed there are casualties but have not given out any further
details at this stage. Some are understood to have suffered burns and others panic attacks.
Youngsters at a school near the scene of the blast were unharmed, although parents experienced moments of
panic in the aftermath of the explosion as they went to pick children up on their first day back after devastating
A hotel opposite the building destroyed by the blast, thought to be church-owned and said to be used as a
residence by priests, was also evacuated.
A local vicar told Telemadrid broadcaster that they were trying to find a volunteer in the building.