Buildings Collapse in Sicily, Killing 4 and Injuring 12

While responders were evacuating residents, the two structures collapsed

 

 
 
 

| Tuesday, December 18, 2012


ROME (AP) — Two adjacent apartment buildings collapsed in Palermo, Sicily, killing four residents and injuring 12, and prosecutors are investigating allegations that a top floor was illegally added to one of the structures, Italian news reports said Tuesday.

News agency LaPresse said residents called firefighters Monday evening after noticing cracks in the walls of one of the buildings. While firefighters were evacuating residents, the two structures collapsed, one after the other.

A half dozen families escaped before the tragedy reduced the buildings to heaps of cement, furniture and home supplies. Rescuers pulled four bodies from the rubble.

The ANSA news agency quoted resident Giuseppina Ferrara as saying a fourth floor had been added to one of the buildings last year, destabilizing it. Sky TG24 TV reported that prosecutors have begun an investigation to see if that floor's weight caused the collapse.



Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


Connect: Have a thought or feedback about this? Add your comment now
Related Topics: News, collapse

 
What's Your Take? Comment Now ...

Featured Careers & Jobs in EMS





 

Get JEMS in Your Inbox

 

Fire EMS Blogs


Blogger Browser

Today's Featured Posts

 

EMS Airway Clinic

Innovation & Progress

Follow in the footsteps of these inspirational leaders of EMS.
More >

Multimedia Thumb

NAEMT: Transforming EMS

A look inside at the Mobile Healthcare Paramedic system.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Austin-Travis County Community Health Paramedic Program

Overview of program provides operation and referral details.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Flight Paramedic’s Perfect Weekend

Carilion Lifeguard Flight Paramedic shares what would make his perfect weekend.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Honolulu EMS Pilot Program

New program tests change in shift schedule for EMTs and Paramedics.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Colorado Hiker Rescue

Injured hiker spent three hours in a crevice.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Airlift at Swiss Train Derailment

Helicopters used to help reach the injured.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Hands On August 2014

Who gets thumbs up this month?
More >


Multimedia Thumb

LMA MAD Nasal™

Needle-free intranasal drug delivery.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

The AmbuBus®, Bus Stretcher Conversion Kit - EMS Today 2013

AmbuBus®, Bus Stretcher all-hazards preparedness & response tool
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

VividTrac offered by Vivid Medical - EMS Today 2013

VividTrac, affordable high performance video intubation device.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Field Bridge Xpress ePCR on iPad, Android, Kindle Fire

Sneak peek of customizable run forms & more.
Watch It >


More Product Videos >