Dice game saves man from Spanish flat collapse death

28th October 2009, Comments 0 comments

A Colombian man escaped death because he stayed at his brother’s after playing a board game late into the night.

Madrid – A Colombian man said Tuesday he escaped death in the collapse of a block of flats in which his wife died because he decided to stay at his brother's house after playing a board game late into the night.

"I lived in this building but that night I stayed at my brother's. In the evening we played Parcheesi and this is why I am alive. It is a miracle," Luis Alberto told the online edition of local newspaper Diario de Mallorca.

"I had planned to go home to sleep, but it got late and my brother suggested that I stay. I decided it was better that night not to come home because it was too late and my wife wakes up very early. She died and I was saved," the 55-year-old bricklayer added.

His Colombian partner Maria Inirida Correa, along with her son from another relationship and her son-in-law, were among the seven people who died when the three-story building collapsed in the early hours of Monday in Palma, the capital of the holiday island of Majorca.

Correa's daughter Paula had moved out from the flat they all shared in the building recently after splitting with her partner, Diario de Mallorca reported.

Of the eight people who were registered as residents at the address, only one -- a 47-year-old woman -- survived. She suffered a fractured leg but her 16-year-old daughter and her partner died.

Among the dead is a German couple in their 60s, Spanish media reported.

The cause of the collapse of the building -- built in 1959 -- is under investigation.

Local residents said the structure was in poor condition but city officials said they had received no complaints and had no reason to expect it would collapse.

The local gas supplier has ruled out a gas leak as a possible cause.

AFP / Expatica

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