Argentina Apartment Blast

At least 51 injured, 5 killed, as natural gas explosion destroys tall apartment building

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A natural gas explosion destroyed a tall apartment building in the Argentine city of Rosario on Tuesday, killing at least five people, injuring more than 50 and causing an evacuation of much of the downtown.

Dozens of people were trapped in the upper floors of the burning building as a huge plume of smoke went up over the country's third-largest city. The building's front and back facades were ripped open, exposing the shattered remains of apartments inside.

Firefighters worked from above and below to pull people to safety as the bottom floors burned. The blast damaged other buildings for blocks around, and fearing a collapse, police closed buildings and schools in a five-block radius.

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