Mexico raises death toll to 4 from gas explosion at hospital

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Posted: Feb 04, 2015 12:13 PM
Mexico raises death toll to 4 from gas explosion at hospital

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A nurse who was trying to help newborns to safety as a dangerous gas cloud formed at a Mexico City hospital has died of injuries she suffered when it ignited in a massive fireball, authorities said Wednesday.

Monica Orta Ramirez, 35, became the fourth fatal victim of last week's explosion at the Maternity and Children's Hospital in Cuajimalpa, a borough on the western edge of the capital. She died Tuesday, the city government said in a statement.

The explosion occurred the morning of Jan. 29 when a propane tanker truck arrived to supply fuel to the hospital. Authorities are still investigating but suspect that a valve leak on the truck led to the deadly gas accumulation.

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As workers rushed to evacuate the hospital, the cloud ignited, leveling 70 percent of the building.

A second nurse and two babies died previously, and more than 70 people were wounded. Twenty of them remained hospitalized as of Tuesday night, including 9 newborns.