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Robbery after the explosion in the ruins of General Pardinas 35

On Friday last week, an explosion rocked the Salamanca district of Madrid. The facade of the building, located at 35 General Pardinas Street, exploded due to a gas leak and several floors were severely damaged. Two plumbers, aged 21 and 27, died working on the third floor of the building, while emergency services treated twenty victims. While the confusion reigned, three men who worked on the ruins of the building took away jewelry and luxurious colognes.

The alarm went off when the residents of the newly blown-up house realized that things were missing. His belongings were in a backpack that several garbage workers kept in their booth. All three were arrested and taken to the district police station on charges of theft, which can lead to imprisonment for up to one and a half years if the value of the stolen exceeds 400 euros.

The investigation into this robbery will coincide with that already carried out by Court 54 in the Plaza de Castilla, which was on duty at the hearing that day to try to ascertain the circumstances under which the explosion took place. It took emergency services several hours to confirm that the explanation with the most bulletins was a gas leak. In the first hours after the explosion, they had already stated in one of their messages that “since this was an accident at work, the judicial police unit of the municipal police of Madrid is investigating.”

The future of the General Pardinhas building is partial demolition. Mariano Fuentes, Delegate of the Madrid City Council for Urban Development, said the building is “very structurally damaged” and the property will be demolished, as was the case with the Toledo Street bombing in January 2021. above.” Partial ruins will be in the area of ​​the tower, the building’s attic, stairs and walkway. Fuentes also warned that as work progresses, decisions will be made about the rest of the structure.

In the same public address a few days after the fire, the civil affairs adviser also explained that the city council informed the residents of the affected building that they would remove their belongings from there because the risk of collapse was real and they could not access the building, although their homes were not directly affected by the blast. Meanwhile, according to police, three workers involved in the garbage collection were seized with these luxury items, but ostensibly in order to keep them and not return them to the victims.

The arrest took place on Monday, May 9, at about five o’clock in the afternoon, three days after the event and a few hours after Fuentes uttered these words. The police investigation did not cause much difficulty: the police showed the colognes and jewelry stolen from the injured neighbors, which they found in the backpack of the workers, and confirmed that they belonged to them. The arrest was immediate.

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This is the second major explosion in the capital in just a year and a half. On January 20, 2021, an entire building on Toledo Street was blown up, killing four people and injuring 10. On this central Madrid street at number 98, there was, among other things, the residence of the priests.

Parish priest Ruben Perez, electrician David Santos, who came to check the smell of gas in the building, bricklayer Javier Gandia, who worked at a nearby construction site, and passerby Stefko Ivanov, who was walking in the area, died there at the time of the explosion.

The trigger for this explosion was also a gas leak. According to the judge who investigated the case before shelving it due to the random nature of the event, it was all a gas leak resulting from “a disconnection of a natural gas supply pipe from a connection valve.” The judge concluded that no irregularities in the installation had contributed to the death.


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