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At least one dead in Tenerife building collapse

Emergency services at the scene of the collapsed building in Los Cristianos, Tenerife. Picture by: Canarian Weekly/PA
Scott D'Arcy, Press Association

AT LEAST one person is reported to have died following the collapse of a building in a Tenerife resort popular with British tourists.

Emergency services searched the rubble for survivors after the four-storey building collapsed in Los Cristianos, in the south of the Canary Island.

At least one person was killed and three people injured, according to local newspaper Diairo de Avisos.

Officials have not confirmed the death, with the Canary Islands Emergency Co-ordinator and Safety Centre saying only that one woman was seriously injured and a man and a woman suffered less severe injures.

It is unclear whether any British or Irish people are involved.

A spokeswoman for Britain's Foreign Office said: "We are in contact with local authorities and urgently seeking more information following a building collapse in Tenerife."

About 15 people were said to be in the residential building, which is near the Hide Away Pub, at the time of the collapse at around 9.30am local time today.

Nearby buildings were evacuated as a precaution and the island's Military Emergency Unit was deployed.

Images on social media showed crowds gathering as firefighters stood among the debris. In one video bystanders can be seen rushing towards the scene amid plumes of dust.

A spokesman for the Spanish Red Cross said it had sent volunteers to help the emergency services with the search.

The owner of the Hide Away Pub, Javier Velazquez (58), lives in a flat above the bar next to the affected building and said his terrace had been "obliterated".

He told the Sun: "No-one was on the terrace because I don't open till 5pm but if this had happened in the evening, it would have been far worse.

"Around a third of my customers are British and 95 per cent are Europeans from places like Italy, Belgium and Scandinavia.

"The noise when the building collapsed was tremendous. There was work going on in an old commercial premises on the first floor and I fear what's happened could be something to do with that."

Mr Velazquez said there were three separate collapses and he believed a Spanish woman had died.

Tenerife, and the south in particular, is popular with British and Irish holidaymakers, with nearly 1.7 million Britons visiting the island in 2014, according to official tourism figures.

Among the injured were a 57-year-old woman who suffered serious trauma to her upper body, a 28-year-old Italian man who had a shoulder injury, and a 55-year-old woman who suffered an anxiety attack and was treated at the scene, the Canary Islands government said.

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