Three bodies have been found under the rubble of a building that fully collapsed on the inside near Barcelona, the local fire service said on Wednesday, after searching through the night for three missing residents.
‘We have located three lifeless bodies in the collapsed building in Badalona, which are awaiting identification,’ the regional fire service wrote on X (formerly Twitter), almost 24 hours after the inner section of the five-storey residential block located on the Calle del Canigó collapsed.
Speaking to local media, Xavier Garcia Albiol, the mayor of Badalona, a seaside town just north of Barcelona, said the bodies were of a man and two women, one of whom was a mother of young children without giving further details.
The incident occurred around 10.30 am when the block suffered a so-called ‘pancake collapse’, a type of partial collapse when the floors fall successively onto the other. It was not immediately clear what triggered the internal collapse which left the outer façade intact.
Footage from the roof released by the fire service showed a gaping hole running all the way to the ground floor.
The fire service had said they were working to manually clear 60 cubic metres of rubble from the site, with 19 teams working through the night accompanied by sniffer dogs to try and find three residents who were unaccounted for.
The three people missing lived in different apartments, according to reports, and one of them was making a video call when the building collapsed.
In a posting on X, Badalona council declared three days of mourning and said it would observe five minutes of silence at 5.30pm in the main square.
Local media reports said the building, which contained 20 flats, had been constructed in 1959 and had recently passed a safety check.
⚫️ Lamentamos comunicar que han sido localizadas tres víctimas mortales en el edificio de C/ del Canigó. Decretamos tres días de luto oficial en #Badalona y convocamos 5 minutos de silencio hoy a las 17:30h en la plaza de la Vila. Todo nuestro cariño y apoyo a familiares y amigos… pic.twitter.com/H2Qmflbbkq— Xavier García Albiol (@Albiol_XG) February 7, 2024
A Badalona, 19 dotacions #Bomberscat seguirem tota la nit retirant runa de l'edifici col·lapsat al c/ del Canigó. Se n'ha tret gairebé mig metre i els dos gossos de venteig del #GRCR revisen la superfície de la runa cada vegada que se'n retira un cert volum o element pesant pic.twitter.com/RVygrwrx27— Bombers (@bomberscat) February 6, 2024