Partial collapse of building kills 1 in Brazil


SAO PAULO, BRAZIL (BDCi) – A 13-story building partially collapsed in an industrial suburb outside Sao Paulo, killing a 3-year-old girl, firefighters said Tuesday.

The concrete floor of the top story collapsed and took down all the other floors in the building, said Vanessa Andrade, a fire department spokeswoman.

The building remains standing, and there are no indications that its shell was damaged, she added.

Six people were injured in the Monday night collapse, and at least one person, a 25-year-old nurse who worked in one of the offices, is known to be missing.

Most of the building’s 74 units were occupied by commercial and doctors’ offices and one luncheonette.

Victor Lutti of the Sao Bernardo do Campo police department told reporters there were no signs that the collapse was caused by an explosion and that investigators are trying to determine if the building had a structural flaw.

By: Natania Levine
7 February 2012
11:16 a.m P.S.T


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