Three dead after building collapses in northern Italy

Three dead after building collapses in northern Italy
Firefighters at the scene in Gorizia. Photo: Vigili del Fuoco/Twitter
Three people were killed when a residential building in a north-eastern Italian town collapsed early on Thursday morning.

Eight teams of firefighters are combing the rubble with sniffer dogs after an explosion in a two-storey building in Gorizia, which lies in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region close to Italy's border with Slovenia.

Two bodies had been found by 9:00 am, while a third resident was found dead a few hours later, according to Ansa.

The building housed three apartments, two of them occupied and one empty. The residents are said to have been a Slovakian couple and a person with disabilities.

Early reports suggested that the blast was caused by a gas leak after emergency services reported a strong smell of gas at the scene, though local officials said that no signs of problems with the gas network had yet been found.


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