Sunday, April 28, 2013

 

2 die after explosion, building collapse in France


Two people are dead in a possible gas explosion in Reims, France, Sunday. The blast at a residential building caused part of the structure to collapse.

REIMS, France — A possible gas explosion ripped off the side of a five-story residential building in France's Champagne country on Sunday, killing at least two people and injuring at least 10 others, officials said. Search teams extracted a victim's body as they pored over the rubble in a hunt for possible survivors.

More than 100 rescue workers, firefighters, sniffer-dog squads and bomb and gas experts were deployed to the gutted building in a subsidized housing complex in the city of Reims, east of Paris, officials said. Early pictures on the Web site of a local newspaper, L'Union L'Ardennais, showed heaps of debris spilling out of the building onto a grassy esplanade below, with two helmeted people perched on a crane for a look inside.

Reims mayor Adeline Hazan told France's BFM television that "a very powerful explosion" had taken place, blowing out windows of nearby buildings. She said the blast had the earmarks of a possible gas explosion but insisted that only a thorough investigation would determine the exact cause

"The explosion of a residential building in Reims is a terrible drama," the office of French President Francois Hollande said in a statement, conveying his condolences to the victims' relatives. It said two people had been killed and 10 injured.

Michel Bernard, the top government official in Reims, told The Associated Press that one person was seriously injured. He said the building dated to the 1960s, and an official investigation was under way to determine the cause. About 10 of the 40 or so apartments in the building were affected and a search for possible survivors under the rubble was under way, he said.

The precariousness of some buildings has come to light internationally in recent days following the collapse Wednesday of an eight-story building in a suburb of Dhaka, Bangladesh, where at least 362 people have been confirmed to have died. Officials there said three of the floors of that building, which had housed garment factories, had been built illegally.

Tags : , ,

Share

Social

The idea behind the text.
Respect for the truth is almost the basis of all morality.
Nothing can come from nothing.



Follow

Popular Topics

Read

Well, the way they make shows is, they make one show. That show's called a pilot. Then they show that show to the people who make shows, and on the strength of that one show they decide if they're going to make more shows.

Like you, I used to think the world was this great place where everybody lived by the same standards I did, then some kid with a nail showed me I was living in his world, a world where chaos rules not order, a world where righteousness is not rewarded. That's Cesar's world, and if you're not willing to play by his rules, then you're gonna have to pay the price.

You think water moves fast? You should see ice. It moves like it has a mind. Like it knows it killed the world once and got a taste for murder. After the avalanche, it took us a week to climb out. Now, I don't know exactly when we turned on each other, but I know that seven of us survived the slide... and only five made it out. Now we took an oath, that I'm breaking now. We said we'd say it was the snow that killed the other two, but it wasn't. Nature is lethal but it doesn't hold a candle to man.

You see? It's curious. Ted did figure it out - time travel. And when we get back, we gonna tell everyone. How it's possible, how it's done, what the dangers are. But then why fifty years in the future when the spacecraft encounters a black hole does the computer call it an 'unknown entry event'? Why don't they know? If they don't know, that means we never told anyone. And if we never told anyone it means we never made it back. Hence we die down here. Just as a matter of deductive logic.