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Collapse of New High-Rise Kills 2

Friday, October 18, 2013

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Authorities are investigating the collapse of a new high-rise apartment building that has killed at least two people in Colombia's second-largest city.

Tower 6 of The Space Building, built earlier this year by Constructora Lerida CDO, tumbled down about 9 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 12) in Medellin, officials said.

Cracks were discovered in the 22-story structure Friday (Oct. 11), and at least 24 familes were subsequently evacuated before the collapse, according to local reports.

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At least two people were found dead in the ruins of the 22-story apartment complex that collapsed Saturday (Oct. 12) in Medellin, Colombia.

Reports said that CDO had issued a statement Friday acknowledging the cracks, adding that they were caused by a “failure point” on the fourth floor and that there was no risk to the rest of the structure.

That statement was said to have been removed from CDO’s website shortly after the collapse.

The other five towers of The Space complex have also been evacuated since the collapse, according to The Associated Press.

Victims, Others Missing

Despite Tower 6’s evacuation order, officials said 11 people were believed to have been in or around the building when it collapsed, including a team of workers and engineers tasked with assessing and repairing the cracks, according to reports.

News agencies reported Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 16) that at least two people had been found dead in the building’s rubble.

One of the victims was identified as 23-year-old Juan Esteban Cantor, who had been parking in front of the building when chunks of concrete began raining down on him, according to a report by The Associated Press. Details on the other victim were unavailable Wednesday.

Rescue officials said Sunday that they had pulled two people from the rubble shortly after the collapse. Both were taken to a local hospital. One of those individuals could be paralyzed, reports said.

Authorities Investigating

Authorities say they have launched a full investigation into the collapse and the companies responsible for the complex, which was said to have been completed earlier this year.

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Medellin, the capital of the province Antioquia, is Colombia's second-largest city.

The Housing Ministry said that the developer, builder, architects, and engineers would be responsible for any building violations discovered with respect to the design or construction of the building, according to local news outlets.

Tower 6 had 54 units, which reportedly cost between $100,000 and $265,000 each. The neighborhood is said to be one of the most exclusive in the capital city of Antioquia.

   

Tagged categories: Condominiums/High-Rise Residential; Fatalities; Good Technical Practice; Health and safety; Rehabilitation/Repair; Residential Construction

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