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Building Collapses in Egypt, 6 Dead

June 19, 1999

SIXTH OF OCTOBER CITY, Egypt (AP) _ A factory under construction collapsed Saturday, killing at least six workers and leaving up to nine people presumed dead under the debris, government officials said.

Rescuers pulled the bodies of five workers from the collapsed building, officials said. A sixth victim died from his injuries later at a hospital.

The cause of the collapse was not immediately known.

Eleven workers also were injured, said Maher el-Guindi, governor of Giza province on the outskirts of Cairo.

Between five and nine workers were missing and feared dead, municipal officials said on condition of anonymity.

Rescuers spent hours trying to extract one of the injured workers, whose leg was trapped under a steel beam. The man appeared conscious as rescuers offered him water and tried to cut through the beam to free his leg. The other injured were hospitalized.

A police official said on condition of anonymity that the two-story factory was being built for a plastics company in Sixth of October City, a fast-growing industrial area just west of Cairo.

The collapse left a pile of debris about 15 feet high.

One worker, Abdel-Aziz Sidiq Abdel-Aziz, was next to the building when it collapsed.

``Many, many of the laborers were working on the roof at that time, and then they disappeared,″ Abdel-Aziz said. His son and two nephews were among those hospitalized.

Hours after the collapse, rescuers were clearing wooden beams and rubble but had not yet started using military cranes brought to the site.

At sunset, rescuers began setting up flood lights to continue the search for missing workers in the darkness.

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