A resident of Logroo was killed in the explosion of a house on Perez Galdos Street

Maria Jose Gonzalez

One person has been killed this afternoon in an explosion of unknown origin, at around 6:00 pm, in a house on the fifth floor of number 76 on Perez Galdos street in Logroo. After a loud explosion, the man collapsed in the inner courtyard of the locality.

The deceased, 40 years old and born in Logroo, was a tenant of that 5º c. According to neighbors, he lived alone, and did not have much connection with the rest of the neighbourhood. At first there was some confusion as it was suspected that the deceased may be a resident of an adjoining apartment, may also have been damaged.

The loud explosion destroyed the front of the apartment which overlooks the inner courtyard, where the body was found, as well as the windows of the house. Many debris also fell in that courtyard. There are no obvious signs of damage on the front of the road, and no areas on the sidewalk have been cordoned off.

Rescuing the corpse was complicated by the poor condition of parts of the building, especially the interior façade: firefighters and municipal technicians first checked the building to see if it was safe to access the patio, For whether the neighbors, to whom they were evicted.

“It’s been awesome! He even destroyed the blinds in my apartment»

Perception, Neighbor 3C

Above all, the condition of the rest of the houses on the fifth floor was carefully studied. But minutes before nine o’clock at night, firefighters confirmed to the eviction that they could return to their homes tonight, albeit a few hours later. The only exception was the floor next to the explosion, 5th D, where a wall collapsed from the explosion. Those who needed to reach their homes for urgent reason did so along with the local police. In any case, municipal technicians confirmed that the house was safe; The lift was also working.

The body of the deceased was taken out of the house at around 8.30 pm. The cause of the blast is yet to be ascertained and neither it was an accident or any accident. There was no gas installation in the apartment, but the boiler worked with butane. Agents of the National Police who specialize in explosives, the famous TEDx, cooperate with the investigation.

Evicted neighbors wait outside.; In the inner courtyard, full of debris, is still the body of the deceased / Justo Rodriguez

As confirmed by municipal sources, there were no other injuries in the building, although a neighbor had to be treated for an anxiety disorder. The tenants who were stuck on the road for hours have started returning to their homes. “It was a noise that I thought the house was falling on me,” said one of the evacuees, clearly terrified.

Another man was running into the house to help his Big Dipper father out, who he could safely get out of the building. Asuncion said from the 3rd C: «It’s been awesome! It has even destroyed the blind in my apartment.

Logroño city council will re-house two houses, two and three tenants respectively. They will be neighbors of 5D and 3C. In the latter lives a woman who is greatly affected after the body of the deceased falls.

This afternoon, the first to enter the building, which is on the corner of Velez de Guevara, were agents of the local police; That they received a call at 5:47 p.m. to help neighbors vacate the building and help potentially injured people. Firefighters from the capital, national police and health services also worked throughout the afternoon and night. Several municipal councilors were also present at the site of the incident.

The Pérez Galdos Street between Velez de Guevara and Rey Pastor, which was closed to traffic during the demonstration, was opened around 9:30 pm. The Logrono firefighters have finished work in the building at ten o’clock and have returned to the fire station. Agents of the local police and municipal social services live there.

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