Four killed in hotel collapse on Majorca island

17th December 2008, Comments 0 comments

A beachside hotel undergoing renovations on the Spanish island of Majorca collapsed partially, leaving four dead and four others injured.

CALA RATJADA – Part of a hotel undergoing renovations on the Spanish island of Majorca collapsed Tuesday after heavy rains, killing four workers and injuring four others, local authorities said.

The three-star beachside Hotel Son Moll in the northeast of the Balearic island, a popular tourist destination, was closed at the time of accident.

About 70 workers were at the building when a three-storey annex collapsed just before 9:00 am (0800 GMT), witnesses and local officials said.

"The building came down in one second. It was like a movie. We heard something like a clap of thunder and everything came down," one of the workers who was at the site at the time, Hafic Dadda, told the website of daily newspaper El Mundo.

Rescue teams using sniffer dogs found the bodies of the four workers, including two Moroccan immigrants, buried under rubble, a spokeswoman for the Balearic Islands interior ministry told AFP.

Spanish media said the strong winds and heavy rains which lashed the region throughout the night may have been responsible for the collapse.

The 125-room hotel was built in 1967 and was extensively renovated during the winter of 1997, according to its website.

Building inspectors and the head of the region's workplace health and safety department were at the site to determine if the tragedy was due to negligence.

The mayor of the municipality of Capdepera, Bartomeu Alzina, told Spanish media that the local council had not issued a license to the hotel's owners to carry out the work, and had demanded that they stop the renovations.

The defence ministry dispatched two helicopters with 58 soldiers from mainland Spain to Majorca to help authorities on the island cope with flooding, the ministry said in a statement.

[AFP / Expatica]

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