Explosion in Italy, building collapse kills three | Examiner


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Three people were killed and six are still missing after a gas explosion caused the collapse of several residential buildings in the Sicilian town of Ravanusa, according to Italian authorities. Two apartment buildings in the city of 11,000 people were completely destroyed and several other buildings partially collapsed in the explosion on Saturday night. Firefighters were still looking for survivors at the site. Two people were found alive under the rubble and six people are missing, local fire captain Giuseppe Merendino said on Sunday. An Italian civil protection spokesperson said three people were killed. Earlier, the relief agency said four people were killed in the blast. A priest who was celebrating mass nearby on Saturday night said he heard a loud roar and saw flames rising from a cluster of houses. “This is a huge tragedy … Let us pray to ask God to avoid more deaths,” said priest Filippo Barbera. Australian Associated Press



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