Iowa firefighters and emergency services have managed to rescue eight people alive after the collapse of a six-story building in Davenport. So far, they have no reports of people trapped inside, although the area is still being inspected with search dogs. Officials have warned that the structure is not stable and poses a risk to emergency services.
The collapse of the building, on Sunday afternoon, caused multiple gas and water leaks that complicated the rescue work. Structural engineers are currently studying the best way to proceed in a delicate recovery operation.
The cause of the collapse is still under investigation. At the moment it has been announced that the property had valid permits to carry out repairs to the exterior wall, but it is unknown if this could have been a factor in the incident. The rescued people have been taken to nearby hospitals and no additional details have been given about their health condition.
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