Four die in Mexico children's hospital blast

2015-01-29 20:58
Rescuers work amid the wreckage caused by an explosion in a hospital in Cuajimalpa, Mexico City. (Ronaldo Schemidt, AFP)

Rescuers work amid the wreckage caused by an explosion in a hospital in Cuajimalpa, Mexico City. (Ronaldo Schemidt, AFP)

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Mexico City - A gas tank truck blew up outside a children's hospital in Mexico City on Thursday, killing at least four people and injuring dozens, including 22 children, as the building partly collapsed.

Rescuers with dogs searched the rubble of the Maternity and Children's Hospital in the Cuajimalpa borough for people who were trapped following the blast, said civil protection chief Fausto Lugo.

Adrian Rubalcava, the president of the Cuajimalpa borough, reported that four babies and three adults had died, but city and federal officials put the death toll at four people so far.

Two men and a woman are among the dead.

Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said 58 people were transferred to other hospitals, many for cuts due to shattered glass. The Red Cross said nine babies were taken to three hospitals in the capital.

About 40% of the hospital was destroyed after an apparent gas leak, officials said.

The newborn emergency care area was among those hit, Rubalcava said.

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