Close  

8th body pulled from the rubble in Italy building collapse

/ 06:38 PM July 08, 2017
Rubble of collapsed apartment in Italy - 8 July 2017

Firefighters search amid rubble of a collapsed apartment in Torre Annunziata, near Naples, Italy, Saturday, July 8, 2017. Italian firefighters say eight bodies have been pulled from the rubble of a five-story apartment building that partially collapsed in a seaside town south of Naples. The work of digging through the debris for victims ended Saturday morning, more than 24 hours after the residential building along a railway line suddenly collapsed. (Photo from Italian Firefighters via AP)

MILAN — Firefighters and police in Italy on Saturday pulled the eighth and final body from the rubble of a five-story apartment building that partially collapsed in a seaside town south of Naples.

The digging through the debris for victims ended more than 24 hours after the residential building collapsed in the early morning. About 80 firefighters worked alongside police and other crews through the night.

ADVERTISEMENT

The dead were identified as an elderly resident and two families, one with children of elementary and high school age, and one with a grown son living at home.

The cause of the collapse remained under investigation, but authorities said it may be linked to renovation work on the building, located along the Naples-Salerno railway line in the town of Torre Annunziata. Debris fell onto the rails, and the scenic line that connects Naples with the nearby Pompeii archaeological site and the scenic Amalfi coast remained closed.

FEATURED STORIES

Witnesses said there was no explosion before the collapse but that a train had just passed by. The Italian railway said vibrations from the train have no impact on adjacent buildings because they are absorbed by ballast.

Prosecutors were investigating possible charges.

Carabinieri were the first to respond to the collapse at 6:30 a.m. as many residents still slept, digging by hand to find survivors. The work continued for hours by hand until heavier equipment arrived, while sniffer dogs checked for signs of life.

“We intervened immediately,” Carabinieri Marshall Francesco Murciano told Sky TG24. “We found ourselves before a chilling scene. We started to dig with our bare hands, without any tools.”

Read Next
LATEST STORIES
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Italy building collapse
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.
newsinfo

Oral polio vaccination drive in Mindanao extended

December 10, 2019 04:18 AM

newsinfo

P500M set aside for ex-ARMM gov’t workers

December 10, 2019 04:18 AM

newsinfo

Baguio chill returns amid ‘amihan’

December 10, 2019 04:17 AM

entertainment

Will U2 honor Cory, Leila and Leni in Dec. 11 concert?

December 10, 2019 04:10 AM



© Copyright 1997-2019 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.