10 feared buried in Marseille building collapse

Lamar Ellis
November 8, 2018

The two buildings, one apparently vacant and the other housing apartments, collapsed Monday at 9 a.m. local time.

French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said "air pockets" under the debris meant there's "hope to locate and find someone that can be saved".

French President Emmanuel Macron expressed his solidarity with the city of Marseille as it dealt with the collapse.

Firefighters work at the scene where a building collapsed In Marseille, southern France. Eight hours later, another neighboring building collapsed.

A third adjoining building partially collapsed on Monday night.

Residents said Tuesday the structural risks of the buildings and others like them were widely known, but that city officials did little when alerted about them. The buildings suddenly collapsed on Monday morning.

Images of the buildings before they collapsed, visible on Google Street View, showed that one of the buildings was clearly in poor fix, with boarded-up windows and large visible cracks on the facade before it collapsed.

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People had been living in nine of the 10 apartments at number 65, while a shop occupied the ground floor.

One of them had been condemned and, with its windows boarded up, was well-secured and in theory unoccupied, officials said.

A young bar waiter, with tears in his eyes, watched the scene and anxious about an Italian woman who lived in the building.

Marseille prosecutor Xavier Tabareux said the body of a woman was recovered after three other dead people - two men and a woman - were found in the rubble earlier yesterday.

Marseille authorities began a vast upgrade plan for the city centre in 2011. "It is the houses of poor people that collapse - and that is no coincidence", he was quoted as saying by local media.

According 2015, about 100 thousand inhabitants of Marseille, live in housing that threatens their health or safety.

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