St. Petersburg floor collapse, 60 people were evacuated after an incident

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St. Petersburg floor collapse, 60 people were evacuated after an incident.

A collapse of multiple floors in a five-storey building belonging to Saint Petersburg’s ITMO University in Russia likely left no one dead or seriously injured, a representative of the district administration told Sputnik on Saturday.

“According to the preliminary information, there are no victims … Twenty-six people came out on their own, and the remaining are now being taken out by rescuers,” the representative said.

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A spokesperson for the local administration told Sputnik earlier in the day that “21 people could be [under the rubble],” adding that more than 80 others were evacuated from the building.

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The collapse at one of St. Petersburg’s ITMO University buildings began with “the collapse of the ceiling on the top floor,” the spokesperson explained. According to a source in emergencies ministry speaking to Sputnik, an area of 150 square metres has collapsed.

A preliminary explanation for the incident may be that it was due to repair work, the source pointed out in a comment to Sputnik, stressing that the technical requirements during refurbishment had been violated.

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Currently, security services and medics have rushed to the scene, accompanied by officials from Saint Petersburg’s city administration.

Photos and a video of the damaged building have been circulating online.

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