Brazil Fire: Sao Paulo Tower Block Collapses in Huge Blaze

May 1, 2018 Updated: May 1, 2018

SAO PAULO—A 26-floor building engulfed in flames collapsed in the center of Brazil’s largest city early on Tuesday, May 1, and firemen said at least one person was killed as he was being rescued, Globo TV reported.

Television images showed the horrifying moment when a fireman tried to reach the man clinging to the building as it went down more than one hour after the fire started.

Firemen continued to fight the fire that spread to an adjacent building that had been evacuated and was not in danger of collapsing, Sao Paulo Fire Brigade Lieutenant André Elias told Globo TV.

Firefighters stand by outside a site of building collapsed in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil May 1, 2018. (Reuters/Leonardo Benassatto)
Flames from a building fire are seen in downtown Sao Paulo. (Reuters/Leonardo Benassatto)
Firefighter officers comfort a man near the site where the building collapsed. (Reuters/Leonardo Benassatto)

The fireman said the cause of the fire on the sixth-floor was still unknown and there could be more victims. Three people are still unaccounted for, he said.

The abandoned former office building had been occupied irregularly seven years ago and some 150 people lived in the lower 10 floors, Globo reported.

Reporting by Anthony Boadle

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