An explosion triggers the collapse of several buildings in Sicily: casualties are reported
Sylvie Claire / December 12, 2021
Four people are dead and five others are missing after a four-story building collapsed due to an explosion in the town of Ravanusa, Sicily.
Two women were found alive under the rubble and rescue workers, aided by dogs, were still looking for the missing persons.
Television images showed a huge pile of rubble and wooden beams littering the ground, and nearby buildings burned and damaged.
A gas explosion may have been the cause of the fire Saturday night, according to authorities who have launched an investigation.
Gas probably accumulated in a cavity. This pocket of gas could then find an accidental trigger: a car, an elevator, an electrical application, commented on the channel Rainews 24 the chief of the fire department of Agrigento, Giuseppe Merendino.
Shortly after the explosion, Ravanusa Mayor Carmello D'Angelo appealed on Facebook to anyone with shovels and bulldozers. This is a disaster, he said.
About 50 people were displaced, the mayor said on Rainews24.