Collapsed building in Marseille: “between 4 and a dozen people under the rubble”

A building collapsed following a possible explosion in Marseille in the early hours of this Sunday, April 9, About 4 to 12 people are buried under the debris.

This Sunday, April 9, at approximately 12:40 a four-storey building collapsed at 17 rue Tivoli in the 5th arrondissement of Marseille. A neighboring building also collapsed in the morning, while a third is at risk of collapse.
Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said late in the morning that up to a dozen people could be under the rubble. The minister said there were “definitely” four people there and “could be a dozen”. But the fire in the wreckage is currently preventing rescue teams from searching for any survivors. Five people were also injured.
The tragedy, whose origin is not yet known, was possibly caused by “an explosion in the building”, according to Christophe Mirmand, prefect of the Bouches-du-Rh├┤ne region. He also clarified that gas could be “a possible option”. An investigation has been opened to ascertain the cause of the accident.

Missing person, research slowed by fire

Firefighters are battling the blaze in the wreckage of 17, hampered by the search for the missing, who according to Gerald Darmanin could be up to “ten”. Over a hundred men supported by several pieces of equipment engaged, but could not go into action to search for possible survivors, the heat being too intense.
Vice-Admiral Lionel Mathieu, commander of the firefighters, said, “We have a hundred men on the ground, the priority is obviously to put out the fire and clear the rubble to find people trapped under the rubble.”

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