Saturday 21 October 2017

Five killed after apartment collapses in Poland

Rescuers search after a building collapsed burying several people in Swiebodzice, on April 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NATALIA DOBRYSZYCKANATALIA DOBRYSZYCKA/AFP/Getty Images
Rescuers search after a building collapsed burying several people in Swiebodzice, on April 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NATALIA DOBRYSZYCKANATALIA DOBRYSZYCKA/AFP/Getty Images
Rescuers search after a building collapsed burying several people in Swiebodzice, on April 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NATALIA DOBRYSZYCKANATALIA DOBRYSZYCKA/AFP/Getty Images
Rescuers search after a building collapsed burying several people in Swiebodzice, on April 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NATALIA DOBRYSZYCKANATALIA DOBRYSZYCKA/AFP/Getty Images

Three people, including two schoolchildren, have been killed in the collapse of an apartment house in Poland.

Four other people were injured and rescuers are working to account for five more, with the search expected to continue over the weekend.

The incident, in which two floors of the building collapsed, happened in the town of Swiebodzice in the south-west of the country early on Saturday.

The collapse may have been due to a gas explosion, said a firefighters spokesman.

Rescuers search after a building collapsed burying several people in Swiebodzice, on April 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NATALIA DOBRYSZYCKANATALIA DOBRYSZYCKA/AFP/Getty Images
Rescuers search after a building collapsed burying several people in Swiebodzice, on April 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NATALIA DOBRYSZYCKANATALIA DOBRYSZYCKA/AFP/Getty Images

The injured were taken to hospitals in Swiebodzice and in Wroclaw.

Twenty-three units of firefighters and dogs have been searching the rubble.

Rescuers search after a building collapsed burying several people in Swiebodzice, on April 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NATALIA DOBRYSZYCKANATALIA DOBRYSZYCKA/AFP/Getty Images
Rescuers search after a building collapsed burying several people in Swiebodzice, on April 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NATALIA DOBRYSZYCKANATALIA DOBRYSZYCKA/AFP/Getty Images

The pre-Second World War building was renovated recently and had been in good technical condition, said the governor of Swiebodzice, Bogdan Kozuchowicz.

TVN24 live footage showed rescuers in helmets searching through bricks and broken wood.

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