Technological Disaster in Canary-Islands (Esp.) on April 14 2016 11:41 AM (UTC).
At least two people are feared dead and several trapped after a four-storey building collapsed in Tenerife. The building is located in the Los Cristianos neighborhood, in the south of the island, which has a British expat community of around 10,000. Eight people are believed to be trapped under the rubble. The building is said to have collapsed at around 9.30am local time, sparking panic among the locals. It is not yet known what caused the collapse, but police have evacuated nearby buildings for fear they too might be at risk. The area is sealed off. Local Emergencies Coordinator Oscar Nunez told a local radio: "A powerful explosion was heard in the street which became engulfed in dust." Carlos, who owns a restaurant in the area, said: "The emergency services took a woman on a stretcher and wearing a collar to protect her kneck." Videos posted on Twitter show area second after the building came down. In one of the posts locals can be seen walking around in a plum of smoke - looking dazed and disoriented. Another worker said: "People were heard screaming inside after the collapse," Another said there was an explosion and a smell of gas before the building collapsed like a pack of cards. Firefighters and police on the scene with rescue dogs. We'll be bringing you the very latest updates, pictures and video on this breaking news story. It is not yet known if any UK nationals have been affected.