Rescue workers in Castellón are still searching in the rubble for the mother of the victim
At least one person is known to have died after a three-storey residential building collapsed on Wednesday evening close to the historic coastal town of Peñíscola, in the province of Castellón.
The incident occurred at approximately 19.30 in the residential area of Font Nova, a couple of kilometres outside Peñíscola, and firefighters and other emergency services worked throughout the night in their attempts to rescue at least three people who were known to be trapped in the rubble. By Thursday morning the emergency services of the Comunidad Valenciana confirmed that the lifeless body of a boy had been retrieved, although efforts were still on-going to locate and rescue his mother, with sniffer dogs aiding rescue workers in their search.
Prior to that, one man had been extracted from the remains of the building alive, but his condition was described as being very delicate due not only to the injuries he had sustained but also to the shock and trauma he had suffered. It is reported that a WhatsApp group which included all residents played an important part in helping rescue workers to determine the exact location of the victims and how many were missing.
The building which partly collapsed on Wednesday evening contained around twenty apartments which were generally used as tourist accommodation or holiday homes, and as a precautionary measure thirty people were evacuated from the parts of the structure which remained standing. They have been temporarily rehoused in hotels by the Town Hall of Peñíscola while the search for the missing woman continues.
Images: firefighters and emergency services of Castellón and the Comunidad Valenciana
Source: Murcia Today