QFour people died and five others were missing after the collapse of a four-story building caused by an explosion in the town of Ravanusa, Sicily, according to a new report Sunday from local authorities. A previous report reported two dead and seven missing.
Two women were found alive under the rubble and helpers, helped by dogs, were still looking for the missing people. Local civil security said on Twitter that the death toll was four. Television footage showed a gigantic pile of rubble and wooden beams littering the ground, and neighboring buildings charred and damaged.
” It’s a disaster “
A gas explosion could be at the origin of the disaster Saturday evening, according to the authorities who opened an investigation. “Gas has probably accumulated in a cavity. This pocket of gas was then able to find an accidental trigger: a car, an elevator, an electrical application, ”commented on the Rainews 24 channel the Agrigento fire chief, Giuseppe Merendino.
Shortly after the explosion, the mayor of Ravanusa, Carmello D’Angelo, appealed on Facebook to “anyone with shovels and bulldozers”. “It’s a disaster,” he said. About 50 people have been displaced, the mayor said on Rainews24.