ASTRAKHAN, Russia, July 22 (UPI) -- An apartment building collapsed Wednesday in the city of Astrakhan in southern Russia, officials said.
At least four people were pulled from the rubble, the Novosti news agency reported. Another two were known to be trapped and authorities had been unable to find seven residents of the building.
Cranes were used to remove large slabs of concrete, while rescue workers with dogs searched the wreckage. By late Wednesday, no deaths had been confirmed.
The building, with 26 apartments, collapsed at about 10:30 a.m.
"About a third of the building collapsed," an eyewitness told Novosti. "There is a huge pile of rubble there, about six meters (20 feet) high."
Officials said the building, built in the 1970s, was in bad condition. It belonged to a factory and was occupied by employees.
Astrakhan is on the Volga River near the Caspian Sea.