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Tenerife apartments destroyed in blast

BBC News BBC News 14/04/2016

A number of people remain unaccounted for after an apartment block collapsed on the Spanish island of Tenerife.

The four-storey building in Los Cristianos, on the south of the island, collapsed at 09:30 local time (08:30 GMT), emergency officials said.

Three people were injured, one seriously, and local media said up to nine people remained unaccounted for.

Reports from Tenerife said nearby apartments were later evacuated over fears of a gas leak.

Residents living near the building said they had heard a large explosion shortly before it collapsed.

It is not clear if those who are unaccounted for were in the building when it fell. Mayor Jose Julian Mena told Spain's Efe news agency it was unclear whether anyone was trapped.

Emergency officials on the Canary Islands said (in Spanish) that a 57-year-old woman had suffered serious injuries to her upper body.

Two others, a 28-year-old Italian man and a 55-year-old woman, were also treated, the latter after a panic attack.

One nearby resident told Spain's Efe news agency there had been a strong smell of gas in the area soon after the explosion.

English-language newspapers on the island say the area is popular with British tourists.

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