Three dead, 11 hurt as wall collapses in Majorca
23 February 2006, LAS PALMAS — Three people were killed and another 13 injured when an overhanging wall collapsed destroying three semi-detached houses.
23 February 2006
LAS PALMAS — Three people were killed and another 13 injured when an overhanging wall collapsed destroying three semi-detached houses.
A loud explosion erupted at around 6am when the wall collapsed on a duplex complex in Las Palmas in Majorca.
A couple who lived in one of the houses were killed and a young boy, who was thought to be one of their sons, also died.
Another boy, also thought to be related the couple, was saved from the wreckage.
Thirteen people, aged between 28 and 54, were rescued by emergency services.
Two were said to be gravely ill and the other 11 suffered only minor injuries.
Police at first thought a gas explosion had caused the tragedy, but experts said they want to carry out an investigation before they reach any conclusions.
The wall which collapsed was 70-metres long and had been erected behind the houses to stop earth from the hill from falling.
A fourth house was also in danger of collapsing.
The victims, who were mostly asleep when the explosion happened, thought the island had been hit by an earthquake.
Twelve other families were evacuated from nearby buildings while the rescue operation was underway and safety checks were being made on their flats and houses.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news