A four-story apartment building collapsed in the center of Marseille on Saturday night. There was a fire. The information was provided by the mayor of the city, Benoit Payan. Rescue services and firefighters have not yet been able to determine how many people may have been in the building.
– That night building number 17 on Tivoli Street collapsed. Neighboring buildings on this street, number 15 and 19, also partially collapsed as a result of the disaster, Payan told reporters at the crash site. The residents of these buildings were evacuated.
“At this time, a fire in the ruins of Building 17 prevents us from sending rescue teams with dogs to search for possible victims who may have been trapped under the rubble.”
Rescue services and firefighters have not yet been able to determine how many people may have been in the building.
Police said the cause of the crash remains unknown. Streets around the crash site in the La Plaine district were blocked off. The whole area is surrounded by police.
Gregory Allione, director of the National School of Fire Officers, posted a short video of the fire extinguishing action on social media.
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