By Steve Dellar   |  05-01-2018   News
Photo credit: Twitter @TamEdwards6abc

A 26-floor apartment building that was occupied by squatters has gone up in flames and subsequently collapsed in the centre of the Brazilian city of Sao Paolo. The number of dead is at this point unknown as police had no idea how many people were inside.

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So far one body has been found but police fear the death toll could swell in the next few hours. Some 50 families had moved into the property after it had been vacated in the past.

An unknown 58-year-old woman who lived illegally on the fourth floor admitted: "It felt like a tsunami when the building came down."

"I could not take anything with me."

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170 firefighters, along with some members of the army and local volunteers, tried to battle the blaze but were unable to stop the building collapsing afterwards.

Mr Flabio Gabia, who works as a receptionist in a hotel around the corner said:

"At first, I thought it was a fight but then I heard people shouting: get out, get out!"

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"When I went to see what it was, the streets were filled with desperate people. I heard several people shouting."

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The building was located in the Largo do Paissandu area of the city.

Source:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/sao-paulo-fire-tower-building-collapse-death-toll-brazil-latest-updates-a8330696.html

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Anonymous No. 24711 1525180138

a good shooting location

Johnny Neptune No. 24717 1525182573

Apparently, this piece of shit building was not constructed with the same materials used to build the World Trade Center towers, since fire alone cannot melt steel.

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