Rio de Janeiro Building Collapse

21 people were missing after the buildings went down in the city's historic center.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Three bodies were pulled from the rubble of three collapsed buildings on Thursday, an official with the Rio de Janeiro Fire Department said. Another 21 people were still missing after the buildings went down in the city's historic center. Mayor Eduardo Paes said a structural problem may have caused a building of about 20 stories to collapse at about 8:30 p.m., and that apparently caused the collapse of two smaller buildings nearby. Officials were still investigating the causes, however.

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