Two killed in explosion in Madrid, says city’s mayor

Blast caused partial collapse of building belonging to Catholic Church in city centre

At least two people died and several were injured when a building in a central Madrid belonging to the Catholic Church collapsed on Wednesday after an explosion, mayor Jose Luis Martinez-Almeida told reporters.

Initial investigations suggested that the blast in Calle de Toledo, a street leading out from the city centre, had been caused by a gas leak, he said.

Smoke billowed out of the collapsed building and rescue workers evacuated elderly people from a nearby nursing home.

A church official said one church volunteer was missing.


The building was a complex that provided residential training for priests and also gave meals to homeless people, a neighbour said. – Reuters