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Apartment building collapses in Egypt

Jan. 16, 2013 at 10:21 AM

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- At least 19 people died when an apartment building in Alexandria, Egypt, collapsed Wednesday and the owners have been arrested, officials said.

Armed Forces and Civil Defense personnel were trying to locate survivors but said the number of victims likely would increase, al-Masry al-Youm reported.

At least 10 people were injured, rescue personnel said.

Nasser al-Abd, head of the city's investigation office, told the newspaper the building has 24 apartments and was built five years ago.

The official said sewage runoff created a crack in the building's foundation about two years ago.

Al-Masry al-Youm reported the owners were arrested and would be charged with homicide, deliberately causing injury and building without a license.

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