Gas explosion in Mexico kills 3 and injures dozens

Friday’s death toll from a gas explosion that rocked a children’s hospital in Mexico City was up to three victims, including two babies who died. The explosion at the city-run Hospital Materno Infantil Cuajimalpa the day before left more than 70 others others injured, including 22 victims sent to other area hospitals with serious injuries. SEE ALSO: At least four dead in Mexico children’s hospital explosion The explosion occurred as about 110 people in the hospital were being evacuated after a leak was discovered as a gas refueling truck was filling tanks in the kitchen area. The explosion occurred around 7 a.m. and is credited to a faulty gas delivery truck hose. Gas truck workers discovered the leak and called for firefighters, who arrived just as the blast occurred. Nearly the entire building was destroyed. Because the hospital was a maternity and children’s hospital, babies could be heard crying in the rubble, as neighbors rushed to pull them to safety, according to the New York Times. Mothers sobbed as they searched for their children. Emergency service officials said as many as nine babies were among those most badly injured. A 25-year-old nurse and two babies — one three weeks old and the other six months old — were killed, the authorities said. Rescue workers did not let the fall of night stop their search for more survivors. According to The New York Times, a fellow neighbor, Clemente Mendoza Arias, who lives a block from the hospital, heard a loud boom and rushed out only to find the hospital in ruins. He and neighbors tore through oxygen masks, IV tubes and debris as they tried to rescue people trapped between the crumbling walls of the hospital. “The neighbors were the first to help,” he said. Sarahi Bobadilla rushed out of her morning shower as soon as she felt the Earth shake and helped neighbors rescue three women and three babies. As the day wore on, people arrived at the Hospital ABC offering diapers and baby formula. There was an hour-long wait to donate blood. Mancera, the mayor, said some of the injured were already being released from other hospitals, including some mothers who suffered injuries while using their bodies to shield their children. Television images showed the hospital with a collapsed roof, walls stripped to the metal frame and piles of broken concrete slabs, scenes that brought to mind the devastating 1985 earthquake. Explosions such as these happen often in Mexico because gas for furnaces is usually delivered by truck because of a lack of an underground pipe system. SEE ALSO: These graphics will show you why Mexico is saying ‘enough’ A similar accident involving the hose from a Nieto gas truck killed three people in the city of Queretaro in July 2014, according to local media. There was no immediate comment from the company on the hospital explosion.The post Gas explosion in Mexico kills 3 and injures dozens appeared first on Voxxi.

Rescue workers comb through the rubble of a children’s hospital after a gas truck exploded, in Cuajimalpa on the outskirts of Mexico City, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. (AP)

Friday’s death toll from a gas explosion that rocked a children’s hospital in Mexico City was up to three victims, including two babies who died.

The explosion at the city-run Hospital Materno Infantil Cuajimalpa the day before left more than 70 others others injured, including 22 victims sent to other area hospitals with serious injuries.

SEE ALSO: At least four dead in Mexico children’s hospital explosion

The explosion occurred as about 110 people in the hospital were being evacuated after a leak was discovered as a gas refueling truck was filling tanks in the kitchen area. The explosion occurred around 7 a.m. and is credited to a faulty gas delivery truck hose. Gas truck workers discovered the leak and called for firefighters, who arrived just as the blast occurred.

The explosion, which collapsed the majority of the building, occurred in the morning when a tanker truck was making a routine delivery of gas to the hospital kitchen and gas started to leak.
Rescue workers haul a bent beam from the rubble as the search for survivors continues into the night,. (AP)

Nearly the entire building was destroyed.

Because the hospital was a maternity and children’s hospital, babies could be heard crying in the rubble, as neighbors rushed to pull them to safety, according to the New York Times. Mothers sobbed as they searched for their children. Emergency service officials said as many as nine babies were among those most badly injured.

A 25-year-old nurse and two babies — one three weeks old and the other six months old — were killed, the authorities said. Rescue workers did not let the fall of night stop their search for more survivors.

According to The New York Times, a fellow neighbor, Clemente Mendoza Arias, who lives a block from the hospital, heard a loud boom and rushed out only to find the hospital in ruins. He and neighbors tore through oxygen masks, IV tubes and debris as they tried to rescue people trapped between the crumbling walls of the hospital.

“The neighbors were the first to help,” he said.

Sarahi Bobadilla rushed out of her morning shower as soon as she felt the Earth shake and helped neighbors rescue three women and three babies.

As the day wore on, people arrived at the Hospital ABC offering diapers and baby formula. There was an hour-long wait to donate blood.

The explosion killed at least 3 and injured dozens more.
A paramedic holds the hands of a newborn as his colleague attends to the baby’s mother. The woman gave birth to her baby in the ambulance after being evacuated from the maternity and children’s hospital. (AP)

Mancera, the mayor, said some of the injured were already being released from other hospitals, including some mothers who suffered injuries while using their bodies to shield their children.

Television images showed the hospital with a collapsed roof, walls stripped to the metal frame and piles of broken concrete slabs, scenes that brought to mind the devastating 1985 earthquake.

Explosions such as these happen often in Mexico because gas for furnaces is usually delivered by truck because of a lack of an underground pipe system.

SEE ALSO: These graphics will show you why Mexico is saying ‘enough’

A similar accident involving the hose from a Nieto gas truck killed three people in the city of Queretaro in July 2014, according to local media.

There was no immediate comment from the company on the hospital explosion.

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