Rand 24 hours after a building collapsed in downtown Marseille, emergency services found two dead under the rubble on Monday night. In view of the difficult situation, the salvage of the bodies should take some time, French media reported, citing the fire brigade. A fire several meters below the rubble made the rescue work considerably more difficult. It was initially unclear whether the dead were two of the eight missing.
According to the information, eight people lived in the building. According to Marseille’s prosecutor Dominique Laurens, there had been no news of them so far. People would not have answered calls. Relatives had contacted the authorities with concern.
The presumably buried people are mostly older people and a couple in their 30s. Children were probably not in the building when it collapsed. A man from a neighboring house could also be under the rubble. His ex-girlfriend stated that she had not reached him after the accident.
Gas explosion possibly cause of collapse
Five people from neighboring buildings were injured in the collapse on Sunday night. About 30 houses were evacuated as a precaution. Marseille Mayor Benoît Payan said on Sunday evening on BFMTV that there was still hope of rescuing people alive, but it was vanishingly small. You will keep fighting.
When the four-storey house on Rue Tivoli in Marseille’s fifth arrondissement collapsed, parts of the two neighboring houses were also torn down. A few hours later, one of the houses next to it collapses completely. The reason for the collapse was possibly a gas explosion.
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