Spain: 1 dead, 3 hurt in Canary Islands building collapse

AP News
Posted: Apr 14, 2016 2:44 PM

MADRID (AP) — A four-story apartment building in the popular Canary Islands tourist destination of Los Cristianos collapsed Thursday, killing one person and injuring at least three, Spanish authorities said.

The body of the woman was pulled from the rubble of the 21-apartment building in a built-up central area of the southern coastal town on the island of Tenerife, the islands' emergency services said in a tweet.

Earlier, a National Police spokesman said three people suffered injuries but it was not known how many people were in the building when it collapsed, sending a dust cloud into the air.

Witnesses told Spanish media they heard a loud bang before the collapse. They said the building had been undergoing renovations.

The police spokesman said firefighters were working to clear the rubble at the building to determine whether more people were trapped. Images showed authorities using rescue dogs in their search.

The officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity in keeping with police regulations, said the cause of the collapse was not known but was being investigated.