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© Reuters. Explosion in downtown Madrid
By Nathan Allen and Michael Gore
MADRID (Reuters) – At least two people died and several were injured when a building in a center of Madrid’s Catholic Church collapsed after an explosion on Wednesday, Mayor Jose Luis Martinez-Almeida told reporters.
Initial investigations suggested that the explosion on Calle de Toledo, a street leading out of the city center, was caused by a gas leak, he said.
Smoke rose from the collapsed building and rescue workers evacuated elderly people from a nearby nursing home.
A church official said a church volunteer was missing.
The building was a complex that provided dormitory training for priests and also gave meals to the homeless, said a neighbor.
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