Building collapses in southern Italy, killing 3, 6 more missing

(FoxNews) — A building in Ravanusa, Italy, collapsed Tuesday night, reportedly killing at least three people and leaving six more missing.

The building, located about 30 miles west of Rome, is considered structurally unsafe, according to Ravanusa Mayor Roberto Azzarello.

Authorities are sending rescue workers to the scene. A live TV video showed cars and a building covered in debris.

Local fire official Palermo Carlo Silvera told the ANSA news agency the collapse occurred after heavy rain in the area.

One witness, Piero Fattolin, told Corriere della Sera that he heard a loud bang and thought it was a car falling.

Fattolin said rescue workers could be seen surveying the scene and gathering information. He added that he saw several cars inside the collapsed building.

He also said nearby buildings also were evacuated after the collapse.

A day earlier, a fire on a rooftop in the same region killed 11 people, many of them women and children. Rescuers searched for more bodies after the incident, which left firefighters slightly injured and prompted local authorities to urge residents to leave buildings with high floors.

Ravanusa and Naples are two of Italy’s most popular vacation destinations with a population of about 5 million people.

Nepal’s government has sent help to the country, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, adding that “the loss of life is truly heartbreaking.”

Italy remains on alert for other potential disasters, as it is under a state of emergency due to flooding.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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