This is the moment an eight-storey building that was in its last phase of construction collapses onto a city street in a pile of debris and dust.
The incident took place on the main avenue of General Paz, in the city of Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, early in the morning. According to reports, no one was injured or killed.
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The video shows the moment the building collapsed over the streets causing a huge smoke cloud in the road, scaring people who were sleeping in the area as it was 1:40 am.
According to local media, the building belongs to the construction company Creol SRL which had the approved documents for the construction since 2015 and the last inspection happened on 10th May this year.
The construction had been authorised for a ten-floor building but it was later decided to only build eight floors, as per municipal rules.
The traffic had to be blocked as a consequence of the collapse.
Juan Manuel Lucioni, the Secretary of Security for the 3 de Febrero partido, said to local media “shortly after the collapse, the emergency system was activated, which allowed us to call Civil Defence, firefighters and security system. Then, the rescue operation with three dogs could start and it ended with us finding that there were no victims under the debris”.
It was reported that the municipal workers are already working in the area to remove the debris and that the authorities will investigate the case to find out the reasons for the collapse.
A resident told local media: “Firstly there was a loud noise, as if a bomb had exploded. Terrible. Everything shook. We went out and the first thing we saw was fog everywhere. Later, I started to hear how other locals were asking if there was anybody trapped there. It is incredible what happened”.
Diego Valenzuela, the head of that district in Buenos Aires, said: “We were shocked to see the collapse of the building that was in the final period of its construction.
“We think that there might have been an engineering calculation error”.
But he added that the reasons of the collapse are still unclear.
The investigation is ongoing, and it is not mentioned if anybody has been arrested or charged or if there are suspects.
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