Large-scale rescue operation
Two buildings in the center of Lille suddenly collapsed
In Lille, northern France, two buildings collapsed on Saturday morning. According to firefighters, there were no casualties. A large-scale rescue operation is still in full swing.
The collapse occurred around 09:15 on a street frequented by shopping tourists.
Two buildings collapsed in the center of the northern French city of Lille. The victims were not initially discovered. An extensive rescue operation is currently underway, the situation is still being investigated, the fire department said on Saturday morning.
The newspaper “La Voix du Nord” reported that renovation work had taken place in one of the two neighboring buildings near the historic main square. A newspaper photographer witnessed the collapse on his way to the newsroom. First, stones broke out of the facade, and then the buildings collapsed. The adjacent hotel was evacuated.
Residents noticed the cracks
The collapse happened around 9:15 a.m. on a street that is heavily visited by shopping tourists during the day, especially on weekends. Residents of one of the buildings had already been evacuated overnight after a resident who returned home late noticed cracks, the newspaper said.
After the collapse, the surrounding area was largely cordoned off. Rescuers with search dogs and special equipment were deployed in the ruins, the fire department said. Helpers arrived with a total of 48 vehicles. (SDA)