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Eight people missing after explosion and collapse of two buildings in Marseille

Two buildings collapsed in south France after an explosion left eight people trapped.

Television footage showed smoke rising from the ruins, as firefighters attempted to extinguish the flames in Marseille.

Sniffer dogs search for victims.

According to Dominique Laurens, Marseille prosecutor, the cause of the explosion remains unknown.


Ms Laurens explained to reporters that the collapsed buildings had caused a fire, which has made it more difficult for rescue workers.

Five people sustained serious, but not life-threatening injuries while being taken to the hospital.

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Roland, a man who only gave his name as Roland, said that survivors had “lost all”.

He said that he had nothing and did not have an ID card.

He was able to escape the 15 Rue de Tivoli building with his wife, and their two children, before it collapsed with another nearby one.

A third building also collapsed partially.

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Image: A firetruck next to one the fallen buildings. Pic by BFMTV/via Reuters

According to Gerald Darmanin (Interior Minister), 30 buildings were evacuated from the area.

President Emmanuel Macron tweeted, “Thoughts with Marseille.”

Three buildings that were not suitable for human habitation collapsed in 2018, just a short distance from the collapses.

killing eight people.

Marseille’s mayor said there was no parallel between the two events. The prosecutor however stated that the buildings that fell on Sunday did not have structural problems.


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