UpdatedNovember 07, 2018 11:43:47 French rescue personnel have found a fourth body in the ruins of two buildings that collapsed…
French rescue personnel have found a fourth body in the ruins of two buildings that collapsed in the southern city of Marseille.
A spokesman for Marseille Firemen told the Associated Press that a woman’s body was recovered on Tuesday evening (local time) from the ruins several hours after the bodies of two men and another woman.
Several others are missing.
The two buildings gave a place where they stood on Monday morning collapsed in a cloud of dust and left huge amounts of junk.
Arriving at the site on Tuesday, Interior Secretary Christophe Castaner said “air pockets” under the rubbish but it was “hoping to find and find someone who can be saved”.
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20 policemen and 80 fir efighters participated in the rescue effort, worked through the night in the stack of beams and walls.
The buildings collapsed on Monday at 9:00 am (local time) on a street near Marseille’s famous Old Port of the Mediterranean.
Eight residents and two men registered on a security camera that passed the buildings just before the collapse was unexplained, Castaner told France Bleu earlier.
A building had 12 apartments, with France 24 reported that nine were occupied.
The second building had been convicted and was considered vacant.
Nearly 100 firemen arrived at the scene to look for victims.
“It’s a contest against the clock,” said housing minister Julien Denormandie on Monday.
“The urgent task is to determine if there are people we can save.”
Earlier, the search effort was stopped for fear of a nearby building to cave in, with firemen whose listed buildings were “visibly weakened” after the collapse.
The firemen intentionally took down the majority of a third building in the late afternoon and evacuated about 100 residents in nearby apartments.
The search for survivors continued late at night on Monday.
“On Marseille tonight [authorities] spend all their energy for salvation and clearance,” Mr Castaner said on Twitter.
“Every minute counts. As long as there is hope, we will continue.”
One of the buildings was clearly poor repair, with window windows and large visible cracks on the façade before it collapsed.  Two people who were on the street when the buildings collapsed were treated for minor injuries.
Firefighters who worked with sniffer dogs later took down the remains of a third building that they feared could tip over them.
In Facebook mail, Mr. Gaudin said that new heavy rains could have contributed to the collapse, but the exact reason was unknown.
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