Fire Causes Collapse of 24-Story Building in São Paulo

April FrancisMay 02, 2018

A fire in Sao Paulo, Brazil, brought down a high rise building occupied by squatters on Tuesday with at least one confirmed casualty.

After starting a fire in the house started evacuation, but it is unknown how many people were in the building at the time of the fire and managed to evacuate.

The blaze is now under control, the spokesman added.

Emergency workers were in touch with at least one person who was trapped atop the burning building, Euronews reported.

A massive fire tore through a 26-story building in San Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday morning.

More than 150 firefighters are battling the blaze which is thought to have been caused by a gas explosion.

Dozens of homeless families were squatting in the building, according to local media.

Lohany Michely, 37, said she was asleep with her boyfriend and dog in their apartment on the third floor of the building when she began hearing people outside yell about a fire.

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Less than two hours later, the 25-floor building collapsed while Brazilian media were filming.

Survivors described waking in the night to find themselves surrounded by flames and escaping with their children before the tower turned to rubble.

Brazilian President Michel Temer visited the ruins early Tuesday morning, but rushed away after victims began throwing rocks and debris at his auto. The government estimates that almost 4,000 families are living in vacant buildings downtown.

An adjacent building caught fire, but was evacuated and no one was injured.

"I was unsure if my son had taken my youngest daughter", Antonio, 48, told AFP.

São Paulo state Governor Márcio França, at the scene, told the Folha de S.Paulo newspaper it was a "tragedy foretold". "I patted the mattresses, saw no one was at home anymore, then I went down behind them shouting their names to see if they had gone down". "The state should not have allowed it to be occupied".

The fire was in an area known as "Centro", which is Sao Paulo's historic downtown.

"The fire started at around 30 past midnight".

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