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Twelve missing in Sicily as building collapses – ANSA

MILAN, Dec 11 (Reuters) – A four-storey building collapsed in the Sicilian town of Ravanusa following a gas explosion and rescuers were searching for 12 missing residents, including three children, ANSA news agency reported.

ANSA said the building was on fire after a natural gas pipe exploded in the town of 11,000 near Agrigento, the southwestern Sicilian city famous for its Greek temples.

A rescue team searches for missing residents after a four-storey building collapsed following a gas explosion, in Ravanusa, Italy, December 12, 2021. REUTERS/Antonio Parrinello

Firemen have been able to contain the fire and have begun digging in the rubble for the missing, including a young couple expecting a baby.

The explosion damaged at least another two buildings in the centre of town, ANSA said.

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Reporting by Valentina Za; Editing by Dan Grebler and Daniel Wallis

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2021-12-12 01:10:00

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