A fire tore through two residential buildings in the eastern Spanish city of Valencia on Thursday, injuring at least 13 people and sending residents fleeing to their balconies where they were rescued by firefighters, authorities said.

Firefighters rushed to the scene in the city center, where flames could be seen coming from the windows of the 14-story residential building where the fire apparently started. Residents could be seen waiting to be rescued on balconies, and firefighters used a crane to rescue two residents from one of the balconies.

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Soldiers from Spain’s Military Emergency Unit were also deployed and doctors set up a large tent to treat the wounded at the scene.

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A block of flats is seen on fire in Valencia, Spain, on February 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)

The fire caused clouds of black smoke to rise into the sky and could be seen from afar. The Spanish meteorological agency, Aemet, reported winds of up to 40 mph at the time.

The fire began in the early afternoon and spread to an adjacent building, state news agency Efe reported. Initial reports from emergency services said there were at least 13 people injured with fractures, burns and smoke inhalation. Among the 13 were six firefighters.

It was not immediately clear how many people were in the buildings or how many were rescued.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez tweeted on Platform

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“I want to convey my solidarity to all the affected people and recognition to all the emergency personnel already deployed at the scene,” said Sánchez.

By Sam