In Milan, Italy on Saturday, the local firefighters and police pulled out the eighth and final body from the rubble of a five-story building that had collapsed in the southern seaside town of Naples.
Over 24 Hours
It took over 24 hours for rescue teams to dig through the debris after the building collapsed early morning. About 80 firefighters and police worked side by side trying to get through the rubble throughout the night.
An elderly resident and two families, one with children in element and high school and one with an adult live at home son, were identified to the press as deceased.
The cause of the collapse is still under investigation however authorities speculate that it may be connected to renovation work that was being conducted on the building. The building is located along the Naples-Salerno railway line in Torre Annunziata. The scenic line that connects Naples, Pompeii and the Amalfi coast remains closed, as debris had fallen onto the rails.
There were no explosions, say witnesses, just a train passing by. The Italian railway company explain that the vibrations from passing trains have no impact on nearby buildings as they’re absorbed by ballast.
Prosecutors and police will continue to investigate all avenues and possible charges.
The first to arrive at the scene were the Carabinieri, who responded at 6.30 am, while many of the residents nearby still slept. They dug by hand to pull out the survivors. They continued for hours by hand until heavier equipment finally arrived along with sniffer dogs who signaled when they find signs of life.
“We intervened immediately,” Carabinieri Marshall Francesco Murciano told the press, “We found ourselves before a chilling scene. We started to dig with our bare hands, without any tools.”