Disasters & Accidents

22 Hurt in Mexico gas explosion

Mexico City, Aug 16 (EFE).- A gas explosion Monday inside a residential building in the Mexican capital left 22 people injured, authorities said.

The blast was the result of an “accumulation” of LP gas inside one of the 63 units in the building, which has been evacuated, Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said.

One of the six injured people who required hospitalization suffered severe burns, she told a press conference at the complex in the Xoco neighborhood of the borough of Benito Juarez.

Two other building residents with Covid-19 were also taken to a hospital, the mayor said.

Sheinbaum was joined in front of reporters by the top elected official in Benito Juarez, Santiago Taboada, who said that the complex would undergo a rigorous inspection.

At least 15 apartments were damaged and the explosion could be heard several blocks away, witnesses said.

“Everything exploded – the glass, the windows. Everything,” a building resident who identified herself only as Aremy told reporters. EFE mqb/dr

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