Body found in rubble of collapsed building in Marseille

At Least 8 Feared Dead In France's Marseille After 2 Buildings Collapse

At Least 8 Feared Dead In France's Marseille After 2 Buildings Collapse

Several people remained missing after the adjacent multi-story structures collapsed on Monday. Local authorities do not exclude that the number of victims will grow.

As the political row grew, the interior minister, Christophe Castaner, announced he had ordered a building-by-building audit in Marseilles before launching what he called an "ambitious programme" to ensure safer conditions.

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

"We are continuing our work in the hope of finding survivors", Charles-Henri Garie, head of the Marseille fire service, told BFM TV.

A third adjoining building partially collapsed on Monday night.

The search has proven hard because one of the collapsed buildings, 63 Rue d'Aubagne, was closed and was possibly used by squatters.

Sabine Bernasconi, the local mayor for that part of Marseille, said one of the buildings was subject to an evacuation order, but could not say for sure that squatters were not using it.

Authorities said the vacant building had been deemed substandard.

Google Street View images from July show that building with boarded-up windows and damage to the facade.

Residents said Tuesday the structural risks of the buildings and others like them were widely known, but that city officials did little when alerted about them. "It's hell here. and now people die for nothing", he said.

People were living in the other building that collapsed, 65 rue d'Aubagne.

"It's been 10 years that I have been living here and I have never had anyone come and inspect my apartment", said a woman who identified herself as Sophie.

A fourth body has been found in the building which collapsed on Monday. Noailles, in the central 1st arrondissement has several dilapidated buildings, some run by slum landlords. A 2015 report by the government found that 100,000 residents of Marseille "were living in housing that was risky to their health or security", according to AFP.

Christian Nicol, a former buildings inspector who oversaw the 2015 report, told RTL radio this represented around 13% of homes.

The first victim - a man - was pulled from the wreckage earlier on Tuesday, prosecutor Xavier Tarabeux said, adding that he needed to be identified.

As many as eight people are feared dead in total.

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