7 Dead in Mexico City Gas Explosion at Children’s Hospital

Jan 29, 2015, 11:01 AM ET

PHOTO: An explosion occurred at a childrens hospital in Mexico City, Jan. 29, 2015.

A gas tank truck explosion collapsed large parts of a Mexico City maternity and children’s hospital today, leaving at least 7 dead, dozens injured and others believed trapped.

Those killed included four children and three adults, according to Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera.

The explosion led to the collapse of 30 percent of the hospital building and the injuries to at least 54 people, including 22 children, according to Mancera.

Not all the injuries were serious, Mancera said, adding that many of those injured were hit with flying glass after the explosion.

PHOTO: An explosion occurred at a childrens hospital in Mexico City, Jan. 29, 2015.

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PHOTO: An explosion occurred at a children’s hospital in Mexico City, Jan. 29, 2015.

Ismael Garcia, 27, told the AP he ran towards the hospital after hearing the blast.

“Fortunately, we were able to get eight babies out,” he said.

Borough chief Adrian Rubalcava posted dramatic photographs of the scene on Twitter just after the explosion and called for more ambulances to help transport the injured to other hospitals.

Rubalcava also posted pictures that appeared to show rescue teams with dogs arriving at the site of the explosion.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.