Published: Thu, November 08, 2018

In Marseille, found the first victim of the collapse of houses

In Marseille, found the first victim of the collapse of houses

At least three people have died from the collapse of two buildings in the French port city of Marseille, fire officials said Tuesday.

Google Maps images taken in recent months showed the two collapsed buildings, in the working-class neighbourhood of Noailles, had large visible cracks in their facades.

The two buildings, one apparently vacant and the other housing apartments, collapsed Monday at 9 a.m. local time.

Sniffer dogs were still searching through the 15-metre (50-foot) pile of wreckage on Rue d'Aubagne, a narrow shopping street which now resembles the scene of an natural disaster.

A spokesman for the Marseille Firefighters told The Associated Press on Tuesday that a man's body was recovered, in addition to the bodies of another man and a woman they found earlier. Local residents said the building was old and dilapidated, which might have been a factor. Firefighters are continuing to search for survivors and hope air pockets will keep them alive as they dig.

"It's been 10 years that I have been living here and I have never had anyone come and inspect my apartment", said a woman who identified herself as Sophie.


A young bar waiter, with tears in his eyes, watched the scene and anxious about an Italian woman who lived in the building.

Only one of the buildings was occupied, as the two others were in such a bad state that they had been condemned. He has had no news of her since Monday. "It could have been me", she said.

We will remind, the incident occurred on the morning of November 5, Aubagne street in the Central part of Marseille.

Marseille authorities launched a vast upgrade plan for the city centre in 2011.

Leading left-wing politician Jean-Luc Melonchon, who visited the scene Monday, had reportedly been critical of the city's housing policy. In 2011 the local authorities began a plan to renovate the city centre, but a 2015 government report suggested that 100,000 Marseille residents were living in housing risky to their health or security.

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