At least 77 people injured in cafe gas explosion in Spain

Video footage posted online showed people fleeing a fire inside the cafe

At least 77 people injured in cafe gas explosion in Spain

Explosion took place around 23 miles from Malaga, seen here | File photo: Wikimedia Commons

At least 77 people have been injured in a gas cylinder explosion in a cafe in Velez-Malaga in southern Spain, officials say.

A spokesman for Andalucia region's emergency unit said five people were being treated for serious, but not life-threatening, injuries.

The explosion happened yesterday at around 4pm Irish time at La Bohemia cafe. A festival was taking place in Velez-Malaga at the time.

Video footage posted on social media showed people fleeing a fire inside the cafe, with the street outside covered in debris.

Spanish news agency EFE said most people suffered cuts and bruises in the blast and that 57 people had been taken to hospital.

El Pais newspaper said a cook at the restaurant was able to alert customers to a fire in the kitchen, which gave most enough time to escape serious injury.

Velez-Malaga is home to around 75,000 people and is 23 miles (37km) from Malaga itself.