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The collapse of a block of flats in a resort on Tenerife has killed one person and left nine others missing.

The four-storey building in Los Cristianos, on the south of the island, collapsed yesterday morning.

Residents living nearby said they had heard a large explosion shortly before it fell in.

The body of a woman aged about 70 was found in the rubble, local media reported.

Three people were also injured in the incident, one seriously. Nearby flats were later evacuated over fears of a gas leak.

Arona municipality said searches for nine of the 28 people who lived in the building were continuing, according to the BBC.

The owner of the Hide Away Pub, a bar next to the affected building, said his terrace had been “obliterated” by the collapse.

Javier Velazquez told the Sun that if the blast had happened in the evening, the number of casualties would have been “far worse”. The area is popular with British holidaymakers.