Two people were killed and three others injured when a residential building in Shanghai’s Hongkou district suddenly toppled over yesterday morning, which authorities are now blaming on a gas explosion.
According to a statement by the government, nine people were inside the three-story brick-and-wood building when it collapsed at 4:49 a.m.
Four people managed to escape from the wreckage and the rest were pulled out by rescuers and rushed to the hospital, where two of the rescued were later confirmed dead. The three survivors are currently undergoing hospital treatment.
Initial investigations show that collapse was the result of a Calor gas explosion, which damaged a second building as well. According to Xinhua, some buildings on the same block are up to 60 years old and others are make-shift accommodations. The buildings, mostly occupied by migrant workers, have been scheduled to be demolished for 10 years.
In 2009, a 13-story building in Minhang district suddenly toppled over but shockingly, stayed almost entirely intact. One worker was killed, and the notorious collapse gave way to investigation into the shoddy construction of buildings throughout the district.
Authorities have said that they’ll check the buildings nearby in Hongkou district to make sure they don’t pose any dangers, since, you know, most people aren’t too into the idea of their house suddenly collapsing on itself in the middle of the night.
[Images via Xinhua]