Disasters & Accidents

Person burned in Mexico gas explosion dies

Mexico City, Aug 16 (EFE).- One of the 22 people hurt Monday in a gas explosion inside a residential building in the Mexican capital died from severe burns, the mayor said.

“With profound sadness, I inform you that one of the people injured by the explosion on Coyoacan Avenue regrettably lost his life. We are in contact with his family to provide all necessary support,” Claudia Sheinbaum wrote on Twitter.

The blast was the result of an “accumulation” of LP gas inside one of the 63 units in the building, which was evacuated, the mayor said earlier.

Six of the injured people required hospitalization, she told a press conference at the complex in the Xoco neighborhood of the Mexico City 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


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