In Marseille, found the first victim of the collapse of houses

Pauline Gross
November 8, 2018

A sixth body was found Wednesday in the wreckage of two dilapidated buildings that collapsed in the French city of Marseille, where furious residents have accused authorities of ignoring warnings about the state of housing for the poorest.

The body of another man and a woman had already been found by the rescue Tuesday in the ruins of these buildings in the very popular area of Noailles.

Fire crews deliberately brought down an adjacent third building that was also in danger of collapse.

Google Maps images taken in recent months showed large cracks in the facades of the buildings, only one of which was occupied. "People died for nothing even though we knew", he added.

Authorities said one building had been condemned as substandard and was assumed to be unoccupied, but the other was inhabited.

"She was a great girl, she used to come and study at the bar", he said, without giving his name.

At number 65 rue d'Augagne, nine of the ten apartments were full.

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"I haven't had any news", he said, wandering among the rescuers.

Sophie Dorbeaux meanwhile told AFP she had left the now-demolished block on Sunday night to stay with her parents because her door, like several others, was not opening or closing properly.

"It could have been me", the 25-year-old philosophy student said, visibly shaken.

Authorities said they were looking into what caused the collapse of the buildings, described by residents of the area as dilapidated and in need of fix.

Firefighters work at the scene where a building collapsed In Marseille, southern France.

However, according to neighbors, it is at the time of the tragedy could be people, particularly the homeless. In 2011 the local authorities began a plan to renovate the city centre, but a 2015 government report suggested that 100,000 Marseille residents were living in housing risky to their health or security.

Djaffar Nour, who was shopping down the street, said the collapse had happened in "a matter of seconds".

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