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Two Britons Injured In An Explosion On The Island Of Tenerife

Two Britons Injured In An Explosion On The Island Of Tenerife

Two British people were among four injured after an explosion in a hotel pool bar on the island of Tenerife.

A woman suffered serious burns to her face and scalp in the blast in Adeje, on the south-west coast of the island, on Friday evening.

Her eight-year-old British daughter was also injured and treated for less severe neck burns.

Two other women – a Belgian national aged 38 and a 34-year-old Spaniard – suffered minor burns and were taken to hospital.

A staff member at the Bahia Principe Costa Adeje hotel confirmed there was an explosion on Friday.

A spokesman said the British woman’s husband and a second daughter had avoided injury, but were “obviously in shock”.

He said: “This was an accident and we still are not sure what went wrong – we are awaiting the investigation of the judicial police.”

“The explosion took place in a metal buffet container by the pool which uses a flammable gel to keep food warm.”

“The swimming pool is now open again and the hotel is back to normal. We would like to wish those who were injured a speedy recovery.”

Local authorities had claimed a British man also suffered minor abrasions in the blast, but this was denied by the spokesman.

Earlier, Ross Browning, editor of Canarian Weekly, said: “It’s awful what’s happened and with so many people around, in many ways it’s probably a miracle that only five people have been injured.”

“The woman has been transferred to La Candelaria in the north of the island with what is being described locally as severe burns to the face, neck and scalp.”

A statement from local government in Adeje said: “At 4.09pm on Friday emergency services were called to an explosion in a machine in a poolside bar at a hotel in the town of Adeje, with several people suffering from burn injuries.”

“Emergency resources were immediately mobilised. Fire crews attended to inspect the zone, but their intervention was not necessary.”

A Foreign Office (FCO) spokesperson said: “We are aware of an incident involving two British nationals and are providing consular assistance.”

“We are currently checking, but based on what we know so far there was no British man injured in the explosion.”

Adeje is a popular holiday resort, with nearby sandy beaches such as Playa de Las Americas and Los Cristianos well-known to British tourists.

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London Bus Crash – 32 Passengers Injured

London Bus Crash – 32 Passengers Injured

A bus has crashed into a tree in south London, injuring 32 passengers, seven of them seriously, say police.

The accident happened around 10.50am on Kennington Road near the Imperial War Museum, while the number 59 bus was en route to King’s Cross.

Emergency services said several passengers had to be freed from the wreckage.

A 19-year-old woman and a man were the last to be rescued and are among those most badly hurt.

Clive Robinson, from London Fire Brigade, said workers had to cut through the bodywork of the bus to free several passengers. Ladders were used to reach those on the top deck.

The front of the bus

The front of the bus

“The actual floor of the bus was starting to collapse and we had to shore that up,” he said.

Earlier, police reported that two people were in critical condition.

Among the injured were two police officers who had been travelling on the bus. They were taken to hospital – one with a suspected broken arm.

Kevin Brown, of the London Ambulance Service, said the injuries ranged from bumps and bruises to serious limb and head injuries.

Aerial footage from the scene showed the front of the bus, operated by Arriva, collapsed around the trunk of a tree.

Aerial footage of the crash

Aerial footage of the crash

Transport for London said there will be a thorough investigation.

Mike Weston, TfL’s director for buses, said: “Our first concern is, of course, for the driver, passengers and others involved in this incident.”

“There will be a thorough investigation into this incident as a matter of urgency.”

Police say they still do not know what caused the crash and will be viewing CCTV footage from inside the bus.

Chief Superintendent Glyn Jones said: “At this stage we don’t know what’s caused the collision – that is subject to an ongoing investigation.”

Kennington Road was closed in both directions with routes 3, 59, 159 and 360 on diversion.

 

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