Burning Skyscraper Collapsed in Sao Paulo

02 May, 2018, 01:52 | Author: Bert Pena
  • Sao Paulo fire

Sao Paulo is Brazil's financial capital and the most populous city in Latin America, but suffers huge economic equality, with poor families often squatting in disused buildings or plots of land.

The collapse was captured on camera with images showing the multi-story building falling as flames rage.

The block was occupied by rough sleepers and a number of people are believed to be trapped in the rubble.

More than 150 firefighters are battling the blaze which is thought to have been caused by a gas explosion. The floors of the burning building collapsed like dominoes, while debris flew in all directions, and a giant fireball briefly filled the street.

Officials expected to find victims, but didn't know how many, firefighter Lt. Andre Elias told Globo TV. As firefighters worked to contain the flames, chunks of fiery debris rained down.

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A neighbouring building was evacuated, shortly before it caught fire. "Others are less established and more precarious".

The fire is sure to put a spotlight on the occupations, which are led by highly organized fair-housing groups that take over and then fight for ownership.

Officials say it will take days to clear the debris.

Sao Paulo state Governor Marcio Franca told the Folha de S.Paulo newspaper that it was legally hard to remove squatters.

The mayor of Sao Paulo, Bruno Covas, told reporters at the scene that the state government had offered to provide housing for the displaced families, and Brazil's president, Michel Temer, also offered federal assistance during a visit to the site. "The state should not have allowed it to be occupied". He did not provide details and was whisked away by security as several people shouted obscenities at him.

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