Apartment building collapses in Rome, residents safe

More than 100 residents of a four-storey apartment building in Rome were evacuated shortly before the building collapsed, Italian news agency Ansa reported Saturday.

Residents alerted the fire department when they discovered cracks in the walls and heard suspicious noises coming from the building in a northern neighbourhood of the Italian capital.

No one was hurt due to the evacuation before the collapse late Friday, however some residents criticized authorities for evacuating only a portion of the building. Other residents reportedly left the building of their own accord.

The cause of the collapse remained unclear, but may have been caused by the infiltration of water. Authorities were investigating and Mayor Virginia Raggi pledged assistance to the residents.

Last update: Sun, 25/09/2016 - 01:28

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