At least 77 injured as gas explosion rips through cafe near Malaga, Spain (PHOTOS)
77 people have been injured in the explosion, according to a spokesman for the Andalucia region's emergency unit, as reported by Reuters. Earlier reports put the number of those injured at around 50.
The blast occurred at a cafe in Velez-Malaga. Five people are being treated for serious injuries while dozens of others are being treated for cuts.
More than fifty people were transferred to the Regional Hospital of Axarquia for emergency treatment, while dozens others were tended to at a nearby health center, according to Cadena SER.
Más de 50 heridos tras una explosión por escape de gas en una cafetería en Málaga https://t.co/FJafTciKfu— Frases&Reflexiones;♥ (@Frasesyrefle_) October 1, 2016
Explosión en la cocina del bar la bohemia, en Vélez-Málaga pic.twitter.com/81q2HiiztZ— migui lito (@miguilito) October 1, 2016
Mayor of the town, Antonio Moreno Ferrer, said it’s believed the explosion was caused by a gas leak.
A chef raised the alarm just moments before the blast occurred, according to La Opinion de Malaga.
The mayor said without the cook's intervention more serious injuries could have occurred.
Police helped with transferring those hurt to the hospital as ambulance services were overwhelmed by the high number of casualties.
Más de 50 heridos tras una explosión por escape de gas en una cafetería de Vélez https://t.co/b3Rg3vXZAe— Frases empresa (@Frasesempresa) October 1, 2016