The Latest: 2 dead in Marseille collapsed buildings

The Latest: 2 dead in Marseille collapsed buildings
Firefighters work at the scene where buildings collapsed in Marseille, southern France, Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. Two buildings collapsed in the southern city of Marseille on Monday, leaving a giant pile of rubble and beams. Fire services said two people were lightly hurt. The collapse spewed debris into the street and clouds of dust into the air, and left a big gap where the two buildings used to be. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

MARSEILLE, France (AP) — The Latest on two collapsed buildings in southern France (all times local):

1:30 p.m.

Firefighters in the southern French city of Marseille say they have found a second body in the ruins of two collapsed buildings.

A spokesman for the Marseille Firefighters told The Associated Press Tuesday that a female body had been recovered from the debris of the buildings, which collapsed a day ago.

The announcement brings the death toll to at least two. Several others remain missing.

Interior Minister Christophe Castaner, who arrived at the site Tuesday, said “air pockets” under the debris meant there’s “hope to locate and find someone that can be saved.”

Castaner said 120 police officers and 80 firefighters took part in the rescue effort, working through the night in the pile of beams and rubble.


9 a.m.

French rescue crews who labored through the night say they’ve found the body of a man in the ruins of two buildings that collapsed in a pile of beams and rubble in the southern city of Marseille.

The discovery was confirmed Tuesday morning by the city’s fire brigade on its Twitter feed .

Authorities fear other people may also be trapped in the ruins.

The two buildings, one vacant and the other housing apartments, collapsed Monday morning. Fire crews working with sniffer dogs later brought down the remains of a third building they feared could topple over on them.