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Barcelona | Four people were injured, one of them considered serious, in a fire that broke out early this Tuesday morning in a building in Barcelona after a “strong explosion”, for reasons still unknown, and which ended up affecting eight neighboring properties.

According to the City Council, the explosion took place on the ground floor of a building at 73 rue València, in Eixample, and injured four people who were taken to hospital.


Videos circulating on social media show the moments after the explosion. The seriously injured and the two less seriously injured were taken to the Vall d’Hebrón hospital in Barcelona, while the slightly injured were taken to the Sagrat Cor hospital. 34 other people received assistance on the spot.


The explosion, which reportedly occurred just before 4 am, sparked a fire that affected eight nearby buildings.

Authorities have opened an investigation to try to determine the causes. “All possibilities are being studied,” said Barcelona fire chief Víctor Molinet, who added that what is known for certain is that the explosion took place in a store.


The fire has now been extinguished and the Barcelona Fire Department is checking the affected properties.

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