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Apartment building collapse in Poland kills at least 3

By Eric DuVall
Polish emergency workers and firefighters work at the scene of a gas explosion that caused a tenement building to collapse in the southern town of Swiebodzice. Police said at least three people were killed. Photo by Maciej Kulczyñski/EPA
Polish emergency workers and firefighters work at the scene of a gas explosion that caused a tenement building to collapse in the southern town of Swiebodzice. Police said at least three people were killed. Photo by Maciej Kulczyñski/EPA

April 8 (UPI) -- A multi-story apartment building in a town in southern Poland collapsed Saturday, killing at least three people with more missing, authorities said.

The cause of the incident remains under investigation but local media reported the problem was a natural gas leak.

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Police said rescue workers in the town of Swiebodzice continue to comb through the rubble looking for survivors. A total of 18 people were registered at the address, though one family who lives there was known not to be home at the time of the collapse.

Complicating matters, however, is the fact another family living at the address had guests over, meaning rescue workers aren't completely sure how many people still need to be accounted for. As many as 11 people may still be missing, authorities said.

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