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Three dead, dozens injured in Chile hospital blast

23 April 2018

At least three people have died and around 50 injured in a gas explosion at a hospital in the Chilean city of Concepción, the local chief of police told media on April 21. Mayor Alvaro Ortiz said there had been a gas leak in the Clinica Sanatorio Aleman, which was evacuated while a gas company investigated the leak reports. Doctors and patients were coming back into the building when the blast took place. 

Image: Clinica Sanatorio Aleman
Image: Clinica Sanatorio Aleman

According to local media, two men and a female employee of a Starbucks outlet near the hospital were among the dead. Ortiz said that a number of the injured were in critical condition.

The governor of the region of Biobio, Jorge Ulloa, said that part of the hospital had collapsed and neighbouring buildings were also damaged.

The Clinica Sanatorio Aleman was founded in 1997 by German-born physicians in Concepción, which is 430 km south of the Chilean capital, Santiago.

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