Building collapses in central Madrid explosion, one missing
January 20 2021 06:15 PM
Fire fighters work after an explosion in Madrid downtown, Spain.
Fire fighters work after an explosion in Madrid downtown, Spain.


One person was missing after a building belonging to the church collapsed in a central Madrid explosion, Telemadrid broadcaster said on Wednesday.

“The priests who live on the fifth and sixth floors are fine. We are trying to locate a volunteer who works with us,” the vicar general told Telemadrid.

A reporter for TVE public broadcaster said several had been injured, without giving details. Emergency services could not immediately confirm if there had been injuries.

A Reuters reporter saw smoke coming out of the collapsed building and rescue workers evacuating elderly people from a nearby nursing home.

The collapsed building was a religious complex that provided residential training for priests and gave meals for the homeless, a neighbour told Reuters.

A police spokeswoman said the area was being evacuated but could not confirm the source of the explosion.


La Sexta TV quoted government sources saying it may have been a gas leak. Officials could not immediately confirm.

The explosion happened in Toledo street, in the city center.

Last updated: January 20 2021 06:20 PM

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