High-rise building in Brazil has collapsed after fire…at least one person dead

May 02, 2018, 01:25
High-rise building in Brazil has collapsed after fire…at least one person dead

The disaster is sure to renew attention on squatters and abandoned buildings. According to preliminary data, one person died, as BBC reported.

The cause of the fire was unknown and there could be more victims, Elias said.

Lohany Michely, 37, said she was asleep with her boyfriend and dog in their apartment on the third floor of the building when she began hearing people yell about a fire.

The fire started at 01:20 local time with the flames spreading quickly.

Video footage captured by neighbours shows one side of the burning tower suddenly disintegrate, crashing to the ground. An adjacent church was also damaged.

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The fire department has said there is no risk of the second building collapsing, Folha reports. "I had to come, despite these protests, because I was in Sao Paulo, and it would have looked bad if I didn't", he told journalists. 57 emergency vehicles are at the scene, which has been cordoned off. (AP/AAP) The building was located in the downtown area of Sao Paulo. According to authorities, 400 people were registered as living in the building, which belonged to the government.

"We want to house!" a crowd chanted.

"At first I thought it was a fight but then I heard people shouting 'get out, get out!'" he said.

"When people told me there was a fire, I woke up the children and ran", she said.

Another man, Jose Antonio, described the frantic escape from the sixth floor, where he lived with his wife, three children and sister-in-law. "I could not take anything with me".

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" The area, known as "Centro", began losing residents in the 1970s and 80s after several fires broke out and another business district developed".

"There is not even a minimal condition for people to live in there", França said.

From a safety point of view, the building was a ticking bomb, Peixoto said.

One resident, Romulo de Souza, told Globo TV that the fire started on the fourth floor.

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