Turin building collapses, boy dead. Image: Twitter Vigili del Fuoco

Explosion kills four-year-old as building collapses in Turin

By Region News North-west Italy

A four-year-old boy was crushed to death after a building collapses on the outskirts of Turin.

A four-year-old boy was found dead after a two-storey building collapses in the northern outskirts of Turin. Paramedics tried to revive him, but he was declared dead at the scene.

The victim’s mother was among the wounded. She is in a serious condition in hospital. The collapse took place at around 9am following an explosion, according to reports from firefighters.

Four survivors

Four other people were pulled out of the rubble alive and were transported to a hospital. There are reportedly two people still missing.

The survivors included a 22-year-old man, who was incubated at the scene and suffered burns on 50% of his body.  A 34-year-old woman was conscious and suffered trauma and bruises of unknown severity. Another man was trapped for over two hours under the debris.

Suspected gas leak

The firefighters suggest a gas leak could have led to the explosion. However, this remains unconfirmed.

The incident took place earlier today on the outskirts of Turin, in strada Bramafame.  Fire crews are making sure there are no fresh gas leaks.

Urban search and rescue teams and sniffer dog teams are working at the site.

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