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Three women die after fire at retirement home in Madrid, with 18 others injured

#UPDATED at 16h on 19 February.

Three women have died after a fire broke out at a retirement home in Madrid on Sunday, with 17 others injured.

The blaze broke out at around 7am in a room on the first floor of the Juan XXIII residence in Moncloa-Aravaca, which is home to 39 people, authorities said.

‘We found the second floor flooded with smoke and we had to evacuate the residents who were there to a secure place,’ firefighter José Luis Castillo said in a video posted by Madrid’s emergency services on X (formerly Twitter).

The emergency services confirmed that two women had died on Sunday in the blaze. A third woman, who had been taken to hospital in a critical condition, succumbed to her injuries on Monday, a spokesperson for the capital’s La Paz Hospital told the media.

16 other pensioners had been taken to hospital with moderate or light injuries, mostly due to smoke inhalation.

‘The problem was the evacuation and presence of smoke. Once again, smoke is what ends up causing harm. One of the deaths was due to smoke inhalation,’ firefighter Roberto Moreira told reporters at the scene.

Spanish media said the women who died were in their 80s. The cause of the blaze is still being investigated.

‘Our deepest condolences for the two who died after the fire in a residence,’ Madrid mayor José Luis Martínez Almeida wrote on X on Sunday.

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