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Mexico Investigates Deadly Gas Explosion At Children's Hospital

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Fatimas Parras was getting ready for school when a mammoth explosion that leveled a Mexico City maternity hospital sent her racing outside her home where she found a 13-year-old boy carrying an infant from the hospital.

"The baby was covered in dust and the boy was running. He started to scream `Help! Help!'" Parras told The Associated Press.

The gigantic explosion, believed caused by a leak from a truck delivering liquified propane to the hospital kitchen, killed two babies and a nurse, according to Mexico officials.

Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera, head of Mexico City's government has attributed the explosion to an accumulation of propane gas but an investigation is underway, according to Milenio, a Mexico City newspaper.

The blast killed a weeks-old baby and a 25-year-old nurse at the scene and a second infant died hours later, Mexico City officials said. Eight more children and seven adults were reported in serious condition among the more than 70 people injured. Officials have said no one remained beneath the rubble of the Maternity and Children's Hospital of Cuajimalpa.

A child injured in the explosion was transferred to Shriners Hospital for Children in Galveston, Texas, Friday. The hospital, which specializes in care for children who are burn victims, said in a statement that it could not provide details of the injuries or release the child's personal information due to privacy laws.

Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto and his wife Angelica Rivera visited some of the injured mothers and their babies. Pope Francis sent a telegram to Mexico's archbishop expressing sorrow and and petitioning for recovery of the wounded, on Friday, the Vatican said.

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