The police investigation into what happened in the archbishopric building on Toledo toledo Street so that it exploded two weeks agoYou have already finished with a first conclusion: the gas leak occurred outside the building. Therefore, a priori, the responsibility falls on the Naturgy company, which is the distributor of the service, according to sources in the investigation.
For the scientific police officers, it was necessary to know exactly where the failure had occurred, whether in a boiler, in a pipe inside the building that was partially blown up, or out of it. Naturgy distributes the natural gas service to the central area of La Latina, where the accident that caused the death of four people occurred but is only responsible for the pipes that lead to the entrance of this building since the commercialization of the service and the boiler installation company (seven in total) are other companies.
The investigation has therefore concluded that the rupture of a pipe occurred outside and was the cause of the gas leak, which probably entered the building due to the connection that joins some pipes with others. Also, according to police sources, a water hole under the building has been discovered, which is why the responsibility of Canal de Isabel II also comes into play.
The strong explosion partially destroyed the building located in the center of Madrid minutes before three in the afternoon on January 21, causing four deaths and 11 injuries. The affected area is located in the Centro district, very close to the Puerta de Toledo and next to the Virgen de la Paloma church and the La Salle-La Paloma concerted school.
Nearby there is also a nursing home, Los Nogales La Paloma, where the event was initially located by mistake. One of the deceased, David Santos Munoz, was a 35-year-old electrician, a parishioner of the parish and a boiler installer, and he went to the building to lend a hand. At first the sources of the investigation believed that he had manipulated one of the boilers to help the customers and that this had caused the explosion.
Sources from the parish itself explained that a pedestrian warned during the morning that he smelled gas from outside. In fact, they told the officers that in the morning the radiators failed they were neither hot nor cold explained one of them. It was a symptom that something was wrong a few hours before the explosion, which occurred minutes before three in the afternoon. All seven boilers had a red light during the morning. It smelled of gas throughout the building. The radiators were not heating.
And the cold crept into every nook and cranny of the seven floors of the Church building. There distributed among the different floors, were five priests. Gabriel Benedicto, Alejandro Aravena, Moises Leon, Matias Ernesto Quintana, and Ruben Perez de Ayala. The latter decided to call a friend and got in touch with David Santos. Santos was a maintenance technician who knew the seven floors of this central building by heart.
The priest and the maintenance technician passed away. The explosion also took the lives of two people who were walking down the street. Javier Gandia, 45, a bricklayer who worked in the building across the street and a neighbor of La Puebla de Almoradiel a town of 5,000 residents of Toledo. The fourth and last deceased was Stefko Ivanov Korcev a citizen of Bulgarian origin, who was also at Calle de Toledo number 98, had just asked him for a minimum living income and was talking at that time with his partner. A day later he would have turned 47 years old.