Brazil building collapse: Rio de Janeiro building collapses, at least 11 missing, 4 injured

By on Jan 26, 2012 in South America Comments

An 18-story building in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil partially collapsed on Wednesday, January 25, 2012, with at least 11 people reportedly missing or dead and at least four others were injured.

Rescue workers at the collapsed building
in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Image Credit: Felipe Dana/AP

As reported by Agencia Brasil, a Brazilian news site, the incident occurred on Wednesday night and the damaged building is located at May 13 Street, a financial area in Rio de Janeiro, which resulted to a fire.

According to the report, local police and fire officials immediately rushed to the area, where there was a strong smell of gas and cars parked on the street were covered with dust, as the building collapsed within minutes.

Meanwhile, Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes visited the area and confirmed to reports that there were four people taken to the Souza Aguiar Hospital but the extent of their injuries were not known, with some casualties being feared but not yet verified.

The mayor reportedly said that two buildings located at the back of the municipal theater Cinelandia, have collapsed; one with 20 floors and other has ten, as establishments at the ground floor includes bank, bakery and others.

As of this writing, search and rescue operations are being performed and there are still no established reasons why the buildings collapsed, but reports said structural failure is not being ruled out since the said buildings are notably old.

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