Roof collapses in French mall, hurts 12
A roof collapsed in a shopping mall in southeast France Saturday and injured 12 people.8 September 2008
ECHIROLLES -- Twelve people were injured, three seriously, when a roof collapsed in a shopping mall in southeast France Saturday, police said.
About 20 people were in a shop inside the Grand'Place mall at Echirolles near Grenoble when 150 square metres of the roof came down.
"The three seriously injured, a 39-year-old woman, a man of the same age and a seven-year-old girl were taken to a hospital in Grenoble," police said.
"We heard a huge noise, like wood cracking, and we saw a client falling. We helped her to get up and then saw the roof come down," Maxime Brochet, a store sales representative told AFP.
Nobody was buried under the rubble and the injuries were not life-threatening.
Investigators said there could be a link between the cave-in and heavy rain that fell in the region for the last days but police said only an investigation could determine whether a clogged drain led to water accumulating on the roof.
Meanwhile, hundreds of people were evacuated from their homes in southeast France on Saturday as mudslides cut off roads and threatened houses in the region after heavy rain, officials said.
In the Drome area, 285 people were evacuated and spent the night with relatives, neighbours or in nearby towns.
Officials said firefighters registered 587 requests for help.
In the Ardeche region, 300 people were evacuated from camping sites and a housing estate.
[AFP / Expatica]