'People trapped' as Sao Paulo tower block collapses after huge fire

02 May, 2018, 01:39 | Author: Jason Torres
  • Sao Paulo fire

A building in the center of Sao Paulo, Brazil's biggest city, collapsed early Tuesday after a blaze that reportedly killing one person.

Firefighters continue to search for survivors through the burning rubble. "We don't know how many people were in the building so we don't know whether we'll find more victims in the ruins".

Police officers look as firefighters work to extinguish the fire in a building that collapsed after catching fire in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on May 1, 2018.

The house collapsed after the fire completely engulfed the lower ten floors.

A massive fire tore through a 26-story building in San Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday morning. At least two others are missing, according to a spokesman for the Sao Paulo Fire Department.

While last summer AP reports showed 350 families living in this abandoned police headquarters, local media reports that number had dwindled to near 50.

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"The fire started at around 30 past midnight".

The collapse was captured on camera with images showing the multi-story building falling as flames rage.

The city's Social Welfare Secretary, Filipe Sabará, told GloboNews that 90 families, and a total of 248 people, were in the building at the time of the fire.

The governor said it was legally hard to force people to evacuate the old and decaying buildings.

The newspaper reported that the military had joined the rescue effort, and was attempting to extract a person from the upper floors of the building through an adjacent property when the structure collapsed. Highly organised squatters have taken over as many as 70 buildings in the downtown area of South America's largest city.

President Michel Temer, who is Brazil's most unpopular leader on record, with single-digit approval ratings, got a hostile reception when he briefly visited the scene. The cause of such a dramatic reduction may be because former Sao Paulo Mayor Joao Doria cracked down on squatter communities downtown in a bid to revitalize the area.

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