Building collapse in Sicily leaves three dead, six missing


The four-story building in Ravanosa, Sicily, which collapsed after a gas explosion – Vigili del Fuoco / AFP

Three people have been killed and six missing after a four-story building collapsed in an explosion on the Italian island of Sicily, officials said.

Two women were rescued alive from a property in Ravanosa after the collapse on Saturday night.

The death toll from the disaster changed during the morning.

Sicily’s regional civil protection unit confirmed at 10:07 GMT (7:07 GMT) on Sunday on its Facebook page that three people had died, and not four, as previously reported.

Rescue teams with specialized dogs searched the rubble this Sunday to try to find the missing people.

TV footage showed large amounts of rubble in the area where the building once stood, as well as damage to neighboring properties.

According to the authorities, who have opened an investigation, the cause of the explosion could be a gas leak.

“The gas may have found a hole,” Agrigento County Fire Chief Giuseppe Merendino told Rainews24.

“The gas bag was then equipped with a transverse actuator: a car, an elevator, a device,” he explained.

Shortly after the explosion on Saturday night, Ravanosa mayor Carmelo d’Angelo appealed on Facebook to anyone with “shovels and a tractor”.

“It was a disaster,” he said.

About 50 people were displaced, D’Angelo told Rainews24, after it was established that nearby buildings had also been damaged by the blast.


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