Madrid mayor says at least 2 dead in blast, apparently caused by gas leak

MADRID — The mayor of Madrid says that at least two people died today in a blast that an initial assessment links to a gas leak. The explosion partially destroyed a building.

A nearby nursing home was evacuated although no injuries have been reported among the residents.

José Luis Martínez Almeida, who visited the site of the blast, tells the local Telemadrid news channel that he couldn’t confirm how many people had been injured.

He says that no serious damage had been initially registered in the nearby school.

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