- Four people were killed, and five were missing in an explosion that caused a four-story apartment building to collapse on the Italian island of Sicily.
- A gas leak likely caused the explosion.
Four people were killed, and five were missing in an explosion that caused a four-story apartment building to collapse on the Italian island of Sicily, authorities stated on Sunday.
Two women were found alive from the rubble in the southern town of Ravanusa after the collapse on Saturday night, and rescuers and sniffer dogs were searching to locate the missing.
Italy’s civil protection service unit said that the death toll currently stood at four on its Twitter feed.
Television images showed too much rubble and wooden beams in an ample space where the building once stood, with neighboring buildings charred and damaged.
A gas leak likely caused the explosion, said authorities, who have opened an investigation.
“The gas found a cavity in which to accumulate,” the head of firefighters in the province of Agrigento, Giuseppe Merendino, told the TV channel.
“The pocket of gas will then have found an accidental trigger: a car, an elevator, an electrical appliance.”
Soon after the explosion on Saturday night, Ravanusa Mayor Carmello D’Angelo appealed on Facebook for “everyone available who has shovels and bulldozers.”
“There has been a disaster,” he stated.
Around 50 people have been displaced, D’Angelo told Rainews24, as adjacent apartment buildings were also damaged in the explosion.
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