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Mexico City gas explosion: Seven dead, including four children outside maternity hospital

By Staff Reporter

Seven people have died, including four children, in a freak gas explosion outside a maternity hospital in in Mexico City today, it is reported.

An unknown number of people, including babies and adults, are feared to be still trapped under the debris.

It's understood that a delivery truck supplying natural gas exploded outside the hospital in Cuajimalpa on the western outskirts of the capital.

Local reports claim that during the delivery a hose apparently burst and the resulting leak caused the explosion.

More than 50 people have also been injured in the explosion which caused between 30 -40 % of the building to collaspe.

The city's mayor Miguel Angle Macera has said that most of those injured were hurt by flying glass from the hospital's windows.

However, there are fears that the rest of the building is under threat of collaspe.

Emergency crews are are the scene of the explosion which is said to have sent a column of smoke billowing over the west side of the city.

Many of the injured have been taken to a nearby hospital for treatment as the maternity hospital struggled to cope with casualties.

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