Nerja gas blast injures woman

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A 55-YEAR-OLD woman has sustained second degree burns to her face and torso after an explosion at a restaurant in Nerja, on the Costa del Sol.

Media reports say the woman, who owns the business, has burns to 12% of her body following the blaze which destroyed both floors of the building.

She is said to be in a severe, but not critical, condition at the burns unit at Malaga’s Regional Hospital, where she was transferred to from Axarquia’s Comarcal Hospital.

The blast, which was caused by a gas leak in a butane bottle, took place on Calle Pintada in the heart of the town.

Fire fighters, Guardia Civil and Local Police officers dashed to the scene at around 1.30pm, and managed to get the flames under control.

Investigators from the Judicial Institute of Armed Police then entered to work out the cause, which shattered windows in surrounding premises.

Elsewhere on the Costa del Sol, a forest fire in Benagalbon was extinguished with the help of two helicopters and 27 infoca workers after five hectares of scrubland and olive grove caught fire.

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