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At Least 5 Die in Brazil Building Collapse

At least five people died when an apartment building collapsed in the northeastern Brazilian city of Olinda, authorities said Friday.

The rescuers said one person remained trapped under the rubble or missing hours after the residential complex keeled over.

Two women, a man, a 16-year-old girl, and a 13-year-old boy were confirmed dead.

Rescuers pulled five other people out of the collapsed structure.

Four of the five injured survivors, including two women, were taken to hospitals in Paulista and Recife, listed in critical condition.

The fifth injured, a 53-year-old man, was pulled from the rubble with minor injuries hours.

Around 100 firefighters and other first responders have been searching through the wreckage.

Sniffer dogs and technicians from the Anatel telecommunication regulator equipped with devices to detect cell phone signals supported the search efforts.

The rescuers said the searches continued for a 60-year-old woman who was declared missing.

It is unknown if she was inside the building when it collapsed.

The collapse occurred Thursday night in the Leme building, a three-story building in the Jardim Atlântico neighborhood.

The building, which ran a risk of collapse, had an eviction order dated 2000 for its residents.

Source : Laprensa