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More than 400 evacuated after 8th floor apartment gas explosion in central Mexico City

Mexico City, Mexico — More than 400 people were evacuated from a Mexico City apartment building after an explosion on the eighth floor. The Saturday afternoon explosion left extensive damage to three floors and seven with injuries.

Black smoke was seen coming out of the eighth floor apartment after several glass windows were blown out. An accumulation of gas inside the unit is said responsible for the explosion.

Firefighters and police arrived at the scene. Circulation on Avenida Independencia in the city’s central Historic Center was closed to traffic and pedestrians.

According to the information issued by the Secretariat for Comprehensive Risk Management and Civil Protection of Mexico City, the explosion occurred due to an accumulation of gas.

Approximately 70 people from inside the 15-story apartment building were evacuated along with hundreds more from surrounding buildings.

Medical attention was provided to seven people, five of which were treated at the scene for minor injuries. Two more, including one person from inside the apartment, were transferred for evaluation. The second person transferred was a pedestrian who was treated for cuts due to falling glass.

Extensive damage was recorded from the 9th to 7th floors from the 8th floor explosion.