Building under construction collapses in Sao Paulo; six die

Aug. 27, 2013 at 10:23 AM

SAO PAULO, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- At least six people died when a building under construction collapsed in Sao Paulo Tuesday morning, the city's Fire Department said.

Officials estimated between eight and 10 people could be trapped under the rubble, O Globo reported.

Fire Department Captain Mark Palumbo called the work of trying to locate and extract people trapped in the rubble "time consuming" that required "a lot of technique and a lot of patience."

At least 19 people were sent to the hospitals with injuries ranging from slight to severe, officials said.

Fire officials said debris from the collapsed commercial building destroyed nearby houses.

Fire Department Captain Mark Palumbo said the building had been under construction for about three months.

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