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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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