Italy building collapse: At least 2 dead, 7 missing in Ravanusa

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After originally stating that one body had been discovered, the Italian fire service, Vigili del Fuoco, said on its official Twitter account Sunday that another person has died in the collapse, and that the two dead victims are a man and a woman.

Vigili del Fuoco said seven people are still missing. Two people have been rescued alive, according to the fire service.

Ravanusa Mayor Carmelo D’Angelo said in an interview with RAI television Sunday that no children are among the missing.

Italian authorities said the building collapsed following an explosion caused by a large gas leak, which destroyed three houses and damaged another, according to Italian news agency ANSA.

“The gas has accumulated either underground or in a closed environment. The activation of the elevator could also have triggered the explosion,” commander of the Agrigento fire brigade, Giuseppe Merendino, was quoted as saying by ANSA.

“In the next few days we will carry out more detailed investigations,” he said, adding “it is certain that such an explosion is an exceptional event.”

A general view of the scene where the building collapsed.

The possible causes of the pipe rupture could be bad weather, shifting soil or the lift, ANSA reported.

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