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article imageAt least 12 dead, 60 injured in Argentine building explosion

By Igor I. Solar     Aug 7, 2013 in World
Rosario - A powerful blast in a downtown building in the city of Rosario, Argentina, left twelve people dead, over 60 injured, and 13 missing. The explosion was likely caused by a leak of natural gas.
The blast occurred at 09.30 AM on Tuesday 6 and local officials said the cause would have been "a gas leak" on the ground floor of the 9-story building, located at 2141 Salta Street. The Civil Defense Director of Rosario, Raul Rainone, reported that "the explosion caused the collapse of the entire wing located at the back of the property", according to the NY Times. After the emergency, all dwellings located 500 meters around the damaged building were evacuated because of fears of another explosion.
The Secretary of Health of the Province of Santa Fe, Miguel Capeillo, reported that so far there are twelve people killed by the explosion, while more than 60 were wounded. The death toll could rise, as there are 13 people still missing, according to Clarín (in Spanish).
Prosecutors ordered a search at the offices of "Litoral Gas" of Rosario aiming to determine whether the company’s computer systems registered complaints from the neighbors of the building wrecked by the gas leak, according to BuenosAiresHerald.
The sound of the explosion was felt hundreds of meters around, and the blast caused the breakage of windows in numerous buildings in an area where several schools are located and where electricity and gas supply were interrupted.
Rosario, Province of Santa Fe, located 300 km north of Buenos Aires, is the third most populous city in Argentina with 1.1 million inhabitants.
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