Gas truck blast rocks Mexico City hospital, killing two

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Posted: Jan 29, 2015 9:49 AM

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - An explosion rocked a maternity hospital Thursday in the western part of Mexico City when a gas truck ignited, destroying a large part of the building and killing at least two people, emergency services said.

Television footage showed rescue workers scouring through ruined sections of concrete and twisted metal, and Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said dozens of women and children were evacuated from the site, some with cuts from glass.

Fausto Lugo Garcia, head of emergency services for Mexico City, confirmed on local television that two people were killed and added it was "very likely" that others could be trapped beneath the rubble.

Many areas of Mexico City have no mains gas supply, and rely on deliveries from gas trucks.

(Reporting by Michael O'Boyle and Anahi Rama; Editing by Simon Gardner, Chizu Nomiyama and Bernadette Baum)