Technological Disaster in Italy on July 07 2017 09:22 AM (UTC).
Eight people were found dead on Saturday under the rubble of a collapsed apartment building near the southern Italian town of Naples, after rescue workers searched for bodies through the night, a fire brigade spokesman said. The four-storey apartment in the town of Torre Annunziata, built in the 1950s and overlooking the sea, crumbled at around 6:20 a.m. local time on Friday. Rescue workers said on Friday that eight people were missing. "We recovered all the bodies... We found them all, dead," national fire brigade spokesman Luca Cari said. He said search and rescue operations had ended and that the eight victims included two young brothers, aged 14 and eight. Local prosecutors have opened an investigation to determine the cause of the collapse.
Rescue workers have found the bodies of three people in the rubble of a five-story apartment building that partially collapsed south of Naples, firefighters say. Crews were digging mostly by hand on Friday to search for seven people reported missing in the residential building in the seaside town of Torre Annunziata, 4km from the Pompeii archaeological site. The cause of the collapse remained unknown, but authorities were investigating whether it was related to renovation work in the building that stood near a passenger rail line. Officials had said seven people, including two children, from two families were missing. An elderly resident who had been believed to be inside was later accounted for. Witnesses said they did not hear an explosion before the collapse sometime after 6am but that a train had just passed by the building, according to the ANSA news agency. Images show the structure partially collapsed, revealing the interiors of some apartments. Some 80 rescue workers were passing hand-dug rubble out in buckets, as firefighters on long, retractable ladders checked the stability of the section that remained intact. Firefighters asked for silence among onlookers during the search in hope of hearing survivors, and the work was paused periodically to allow sniffer dogs to check the scene.