Mexico City Gas Explosion Leaves One Dead, 12 Injured

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An explosion caused by accumulation of LP gas inside a home in Mexico City killed one person and injured at least 12 others on Saturday, Nov. 13, authorities said.

Additionally, another 28 families were left homeless by the blast.

The explosion occurred at about 9:40 a.m. local time in the Pensil Norte neighborhood of the Miguel Hidalgo Precinct, said the city’s Secretariat of Comprehensive Risk Management and Civil Protection (SGIRPC).

SGIRPC Secretary Myriam Urzúa said that the explosion was caused when two leaking gas tanks hit one another.

The deceased was Marlén Santos Rodríguez, a 20-year-old woman whose body was located in the rubble of the house that collapsed.

Firefighters and emergency teams arrived at the scene within minutes to help those injured and trapped.

The area was cordoned off within three blocks, and victims were sent to hospitals and shelters.

Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum later said that the city government will help finance those families who were displaced by the blast with a 3,000-peso stipend a month for rent and will inspect all gas tanks in the neighborhood for leaks.

Miguel Precinct head Mauricio Tabe, who apparently was out of town over the long weekend, immediately sent his condolences to all affected by the explosion and arrived in the evening to meet with the families of the injured.

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