Two lifeless, seven lacking in Sicily residence collapse

4 individuals have been killed and 5 have been lacking after an explosion brought about a four-storey residence constructing to break down on the Italian island of Sicily, authorities stated Sunday.

Two girls have been recovered alive from the rubble within the southern city of Ravanusa after the collapse on Saturday evening, and rescuers and sniffer canine have been nonetheless looking out to find the lacking.

The native unit of Italy’s civil safety service confirmed on its Twitter feed that the demise toll at present stood at 4.


Tv photographs confirmed a mass of rubble and wood beams in a big empty area the place the constructing as soon as stood, with neighbouring buildings charred and broken.

The explosion was possible attributable to a fuel leak, stated authorities, who’ve opened an investigation.

“The fuel most likely discovered a cavity wherein to build up,” the top of firefighters within the province of Agrigento, Giuseppe Merendino, instructed the Rainews24 TV channel.

“This pocket of fuel would then have discovered an unintended set off: a automotive, an elevator, {an electrical} equipment.”

Quickly after the explosion Saturday evening, Ravanusa Mayor Carmello D’Angelo appealed on Fb for “everybody accessible who has shovels and bulldozers.”

“There was a catastrophe,” he stated.

About 50 individuals have been displaced, D’Angelo instructed Rainews24, as adjoining residence buildings have been additionally broken within the explosion.

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