An old two-storey house collapsed on the Avinguda Artur Carbonell in Sitges on Wednesday, next to the Can Perico roundabout. There were no injuries reported, as people had been warned in advance, after a crack had occurred in the outer wall.
The accident left the entire building destroyed, with only the facade, the back and the side wall on the other side still intact. The part of the building that collapsed was the one facing the site of the old Can Julián, where building work has been carried out. Last summer the old building that was there on the corner had been pulled down.
On Wednesday at noon, the construction workers saw a crack in the outer wall. Upon detecting that it could be a serious issue, the person in charge of the work warned the people who were in the affected building to evacuate. On the ground floor there was a kebab shop, with an indoor activity area and an outdoor terrace, while the owners of the establishment lived on the upper floor. The same residents in the morning had heard noises inside the building and had also alerted those responsible for the work.
The construction company has stated that the cement work that was being carried out was in its last phase and that the action ‘had not touched the plot next door’.
The collapse occurred when no one was inside the building, since the owners of the bar, neighbours and customers had left, after being warned by the person in charge of the work. If someone had been there, the outcome would have been fatal, as the collapse caused a mountain of debris.
Up to 15 fire brigades, in addition to ambulances, the local police and the Mossos d’Esquadra, were dispatched to the scene. Firefighters have since been working through the rubble to make sure that no one was underneath.
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