A gas truck explosion ripped through a maternity hospital on the western edge of Mexico City this week, killing a woman and two children and injuring dozens, authorities said.
Several babies were found alive in the rubble.
A nurse and a child died after the blast, which destroyed about 70% of the hospital, Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said. Mexico City’s health minister said another child had died and more than 70 people were injured.
Scores of rescue workers dug through the concrete and twisted metal for survivors.
People seeking information on family members gathered around police lines that were set up to keep bystanders away from the chaotic scene.
Some of the injured were evacuated by helicopter, and aerial footage showed firefighters scrambling over the skeletal wreckage of the building.
“I am so worried about my sister. She’s supposed to have given birth. We brought her in yesterday,” 32-year-old nurse Monserrat Garduno said.
“They won’t let us pass. I want to know how she is.”
About 100 people were in the hospital at the time of the explosion, according to a city official.
A leak in a hose from the truck, which was fuelling the hospital’s tanks, was believed to have triggered the explosion, officials said. “They tried to stop the leak, but it was not possible,” Mancera said.