A building collapsed in the Elche neighbourhood of Carrus on Monday in dramatic fashion when the top floor of a 5 floor apartment block fell into the flat below. The weight of the rubble then caused each of the subsequent floors to drop into the one below and amazingly, despite many of the properties being occupied, there was not a single injury.
An appearance of a large hole in the roof of the top floor apartment was thought to be the result of a possible landslide in the 50 years old building. It was only when a thunderous crash caused by the first ceiling falling through alerted the residents who were all then thankfully able to leave the premises before the final collapse.
The subsidence affected only the left wing of the block. Initially a part tiled roof fell through the ceiling of the top floor flat into the lounge area. Soon afterwards, this also gave way and came cascading down to the ground floor. The debris also broke the door of the garage and spilled out into the street.
A spokesman said that as far as he was aware the issue may have originated in the beams supporting the top floor ceiling although a structural engineer in attendance said that it was too early to be talking about causes.
"I have seen the wreckage and was a miracle that there were no injuries” said one emergency coordinator, Manuela Mora, who traveled to the site.
Ten residents of the building, six adults and four children, were moved to a hostel close last nigby the municipal services while the rest of the occupants were taken in by relatives.
None of the residents were able to access their homes to collect personal belongings, whilst the area remained cordoned off pending the decision by the municipal officers on the state of the structure.
Two cars in the street below were also damaged by falling debris, a BMW 220 and an Opel Zafira.
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