Building collapse in Marseille, France

Elias Hubbard
November 8, 2018

Fire services said two people were lightly hurt.

Both buildings collapsed mid-morning on Monday on Rue d'Aubagne near the city's historic old port. There was no immediate word on any casualties.

Emergency services are searching for around 10 people feared buried beneath the rubble of two collapsed buildings in the southern French city of Marseille. One team of firefighters were equipped with search dogs, which are trained to locate victims.

Authorities said one building had been condemned as substandard and was assumed to be unoccupied, but the other was inhabited.

In Marseille collapsed two houses, in result nine people were missing.

"It's a race against the clock", Denormandie said.

"These are the people we are looking for now", the minister told a press conference. Amateur video broadcast on BFM-TV featured bystanders covering their mouths with their sleeves to avoid the dusty air.

Images of the two buildings before the collapse indicate one used to have five floors and the other six. It initially reported that one building had collapsed and warned locals to stay clear of the area.

Sabine Bernasconi, the local mayor for the district of Marseille where the collapse occured, said that the building was in poor condition and was under an evacuation order, but she couldn't rule out that squatters might have been living in it.

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