BARCELONA – A worker was killed on Tuesday following an explosion at a roadside gas station in the northeastern Spanish region of Catalonia, local authorities said in a statement.
The town hall of Sant Sadurni d’Anoia, located 575 kilometers (357 miles) to the northeast of Madrid, at first said two maintenance workers tasked with cleaning gas deposits had been killed by the sudden burst of flame, but later reported that one was in fact still alive.
“The fire on the Sant Sadurni-Sant Quinti Road is now under control,” read the statement. “Out of precaution, the road has been closed to traffic and cordoned off.”
Nine terrestrial firefighting units worked to extinguish the flames, while a helicopter from a specialized response team recovered the victims from inside the deposit.
Sources familiar with the accident’s details told EFE that the deflagration occured around 3:20 pm local time (1320 GMT) for causes that remain unknown and were under investigation.
The town’s statement said preliminary investigations seemed to indicate that the cause of the accident was an “explosion due to chemical combustion in one of the gas deposits.”
“We ask citizens not to approach the site, neither on foot nor by car,” it added.
Sant Sadurni is located in the epicenter of an area known for its production of champagne-like sparkling wine called “cava.”
Popularly known as Spain’s “Cava Capital,” the town produces 90 percent of all the cava bottles made in the country, with two emblematic brands, Codorniu and Freixenet, headquartered there.