Sao Paulo tower building catches fire, collapses

Sao Paulo tower building catches fire, collapses

As many as 160 firefighters in 57 vehicles responded to the massive fire at a building on the Largo do Paisandu street in the downtown part of the city.

There were no immediate reports of casualties.

At least one person died and three others were missing, a fire department spokesman said. However, so far only one person was reported dead, local media reported. With such a large population, affordable housing remains a concern, and this fire in a building where squatters lived will shine a light on that serious issue.

More than 150 firefighters are battling the blaze which is thought to have been caused by a gas explosion.

"There is not even a minimal condition for people to live in there", França said. The government estimates that almost 4000 families are living in vacant buildings downtown.

Brazilian President Michel Temer visited the ruins early Tuesday morning, but rushed away after victims began throwing rocks and debris at his auto.

"We want to house!" a crowd chanted.

"Happily the majority got out", he said. "We struggle so much and now we've lost everything".

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The case will be judged on May 31, five days after the final. "We need to be more efficient than in the first leg", Heynckes said. Tuesday is a national public holiday in Germany, however Rummenigge says it will be anything but for Bayern in Madrid .

"I was unsure if my son had taken my youngest daughter", Antonio, 48, told AFP. There wasn't time to take anything.

"When people told me there was a fire, I woke up the children and ran", she said.

The city and state governments have been working for years to forcibly remove squatters from buildings in central Sao Paulo, with plans for revitalising the area.

From a safety point of view, the building was a ticking bomb, Peixoto said.

First responders are using dogs and removing rubble by hand in the hope of finding survivors, the Sao Paulo Fire Department tweeted.

"There was no security, there were not adequate electrical installations, there were no safe staircases, there were piles of rubbish - there was everything you need to start a major fire", he said.

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