Building Collapses in Mexico City
MEXICO CITY (AP) _ A five-story building collapsed Saturday in Mexico City, and rescue workers were searching for any victims.
The building was reportedly scheduled for demolition at the end of this month, and city officials said nearly 30 families had been living there off and on illegally.
City spokesman Alejandro Encinas said a mother and child were missing, but neighbors said up to five people were in the building at the time of the collapse.
Clothing hung from a corner of the structure that was still partly standing, and a dresser could be seen among the rubble.
Police roped off the area, and 30 rescue workers wearing hard hats and face masks used chain saws and plastic buckets to clear away a mountain of crushed brick and twisted metal.
A bulldozer tore into debris, while, nearby, rescue dogs looked for survivors.
Neighbor Claudia Cruz, 41, was across the street in her second-floor apartment when she heard the building collapse in a cloud of dust.
``It sounded like an explosion,″ she said.
Local residents said the building was damaged during Mexico City’s devastating 1985 earthquake, but it was unclear why it collapsed Saturday on a clear, sunny afternoon.
``It was dangerous, but those who were living there didn’t have anywhere else to go,″ Cruz said.