Madrid city officials said an explosion destroyed a four-storey residential building in the center of the Spanish capital, injuring at least 18 people.
MADRID – An explosion ripped through a four-story residential building in central Madrid on Friday, injuring at least 18 people.
Emergency services said they were looking for two missing people.
Video released by the city of Madrid showed paramedics tending to injured people at the scene in the upscale Salamanca district, as police and firefighters cordoned off streets cluttered with glass and debris.
Four of the injured were taken to hospital, including one in serious condition, after the blast sent plumes of smoke over parts of the area.
Emergency teams searched the building to check the structure and look for anyone trapped inside, Madrid Mayor José Luis Martínez-Almeida told the Telemadrid television channel.
Asked about reports that a gas leak caused the explosion, the mayor said it was too early to know.
“What is known is that work was going on in the building, and neighbors said there had been a powerful explosion,” he said.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said in a tweet that his office was closely monitoring the situation. “I just called Mayor Almeida to express my solidarity and support for the victims of an explosion in a building in Madrid,” he said.