Report: 5-story building collapses in Istanbul

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Posted: Feb 12, 2016 8:13 AM

ISTANBUL (AP) — A five-story building collapsed in the Turkish city of Istanbul on Friday and a private news agency said a number of people are believed to be trapped in the rubble.

The building collapsed in a street close to Istanbul's pedestrian Istiklal Avenue, a main shopping district, leaving piles of rubble, television footage showed.

The private Dogan news agency said the upper floors were used as a guesthouse, while a cafeteria was located at the entrance of the building. It was not known if anyone was inside at the time of the collapse.

Ambulances and fire trucks were called to the scene, the agency said.