At Least 2 Dead After Blast Brings Down Building in Central Madrid

MADRID—At least two people died and several were injured when a building in central Madrid belonging to the Catholic Church collapsed on Wednesday after an explosion, Mayor Jose Luis Martinez-Almeida told reporters.

Initial investigations suggested that the blast in Calle de Toledo, a street leading out from the city center, had been caused by a gas leak, he said.

A police officer and medical personnel assist people
A police officer and medical personnel assist people after an explosion in Madrid on Jan. 20, 2021. (Susana Vera/Reuters)

Smoke billowed out of the collapsed building and rescue workers evacuated elderly people from a nearby nursing home.

A Church official said one church volunteer was missing.

The building was a complex that provided residential training for priests and also gave meals to homeless people, a neighbor said.

By Nathan Allen and Michael Gore