Cuajimalpa hospital explosion: 3 arrested, 500 million in damages

The result of the January 29 gas explosion at the Cuajimalpa Maternity Hospital in México City has lead to the arrest of three men.

Head of the Federal District, Miguel Angel Mancera, reported that three operators of the gas pipe that caused the explosion are accused of manslaughter, damage to property and injury.

In an interview, Angel Mancera said that there are 39 homes and two schools with minor damage from the explosion at the Maternity Hospital and said reconstruction will cost 500 million peso. Concluding the review of Civil Protection, they found a near-by market also suffered masonry and wall damage.

The community is trying to view the reconstruction in a positive light as Angel Mancera said, “It’s a good opportunity and yesterday I talked with the President of the Republic of the hospital to get better and to give better care for this whole area.”

The explosion caused the death of two babies and one nurse, but also left 72 injured, more than a dozen seriously. The accident occurred around 7:00 am when a truck owned by Gas Express Nieto was delivering propane. According to Civil Protection, it is believed that while the driver was reversing the gas truck into position, he struck the building, causing damage to the delivery hose.

The other two workers began delivering the gas through the hose when it’s thought to have burst, causing the explosion only moments after those inside began to smell gas. Firefighters were called to the hospital and immediately began evacuating the more than 110 people inside.

It took firefighters several hours to fight the blaze while emergency services personnel and some neighbors began searching the rubble for victims.

Approximately 70 percent of the hospital was destroyed. Experts continue to work with both criminology and fire experts to collect evidence.

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