At Least Three Dead, 6 Missing After Building Collapses in Ravanusa, Italy

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  • At least three dead, 6 missing after building collapses in Ravanusa, Italy

EKO HOT BLOG report that according to the Civil Protection Department in Sicily, at least three persons were killed and at least six others were missing when multiple buildings in the southern Italian town of Ravanusa fell early Sunday morning.

Authorities said that two persons had been rescued.

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In an interview with RAI television on Sunday, Ravanusa Mayor Carmelo D’Angelo stated that no children are among the missing.

According to the Italian news agency ANSA, the building fell as a result of an explosion triggered by a huge gas leak, which destroyed three residences and injured another.

“The gas has accumulated either underground or in a closed environment. The activation of the elevator could also have triggered the explosion,” commander of the Agrigento fire brigade, Giuseppe Merendino, was quoted as saying by ANSA.

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“In the next few days we will carry out more detailed investigations,” he said, adding “it is certain that such an explosion is an exceptional event.”

The possible causes of the pipe rupture could be bad weather, shifting soil or the lift, ANSA reported.


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