Block of flats collapses in Madrid neighbourhood

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RESIDENTS of a block of flats in the Carabanchel district of Madrid were awoken at 4am on Monday morning (August 3) as giant cracks appeared in their building. Emergency services were alerted and evacuated people from their homes in that and neighbouring blocks, before the entire building collapsed.

The effect of the cracks opening meant people in all the flats except those on the fourth floor were not able to open doors, and had to be rescued through windows by the fire brigade.

There were no injuries, although some people were treated for shock. 

One resident who’d rented his flat in the building for 10 years told Spanish daily El Pais he had first noticed cracks in June after moving some furniture. He had notified his insurance company who had said they would organise repairs for September.

Madrid mayor Manuela Carmena was at the scene of the collapse on Monday morning, and promised the evacuees that suitable housing would be found for them. 

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