Monday 23 October 2017

At least 77 hurt as gas cylinder explodes near popular Spanish tourist destination

A view of the scene after a gas cylinder exploded in a cafe in Velez-Malaga. Wikono via Reuters
A view of the scene after a gas cylinder exploded in a cafe in Velez-Malaga. Wikono via Reuters
Police and rescue services are pictured at the scene after a gas cylinder exploded in a cafe in Velez-Malaga. Pic via Reuters

At least 77 people have been injured after a gas cylinder exploded on Saturday in a restaurant in the Spanish town of Velez-Malaga on the southern coast.

A spokesman for the Andalucia region's emergency unit said the explosion occurred at about 5pm during a festival in the town, which is 40 km east of the popular tourist destination of Malaga.

Video footage posted on social media showed people fleeing a fire inside a small restaurant called "La Bohemia" close to the centre of Velez-Malaga, with the street outside covered in debris.

None of those seriously injured were at risk of death, a spokesman for the local hospital said.

The majority of injuries were cuts and bruises.

El Pais newspaper said a cook at the restaurant was able to alert customers to a fire in the kitchen, which gave most enough time to escape serious injury.

Reuters

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