2 Aug, 2023 @ 10:30
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Gas explosion leaves one dead, 14 injured in Spain’s northwestern city of Valladolid

Gas explosion in Valladolid
Policía de Valladolid

A SUSPECTED gas explosion in the northwestern Spanish city of Valladolid left one woman dead and 14 people injured on Tuesday night. The body of the victim was found in the early hours of Wednesday morning after an intensive search by emergency crews. 

The incident took place at just before 11pm on Goya street in the city, in a four-story building, which caught fire after the explosion.

The victim, who was aged 53, was located at around 5.30am. Her family had been unable to locate her and she was not answering her phone. 


The explosion was strong enough to be felt in several parts of the city in Valladolid province, and actually caused the building to collapse according to the Cadena SER radio network.

Emergency crews reported that of the 14 people injured, two – a father and son – had to be taken to the intensive care unit in an area hospital for burns treatment. 

One of the residents of the block told Spanish media that she had to get out of the building ‘practically crawling’ down the stairs. 

“I only know that we have lost everything,” said another, named Marta Blanco, who was caught on video being reunited with two of her three cats by fire crews after the explosion.

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Simon Hunter

Simon Hunter has been living in Madrid since the year 2000 and has worked as a journalist and translator practically since he arrived. For 16 years he was at the English Edition of Spanish daily EL PAÍS, editing the site from 2014 to 2022, and is currently one of the Spain reporters at The Times. He is also a voice actor, and can be heard telling passengers to "mind the gap" on Spain's AVLO high-speed trains.

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