Two bodies have been discovered in the rubble of a collapsed building in the French city of Marseille, following a major explosion. The fire department announced the discovery on Monday morning, stating that the extraction of the bodies would take time due to the difficulties of intervention. The judicial authority will then proceed to identify the victims.
The blast caused the collapse of the four-story building in the Mediterranean port city, with rescue workers searching for eight missing people who were presumed to be in the rubble. Marseille mayor Benoit Payan expressed his condolences, stating that all services of the city and state were fully committed to continuing the search.
The discovery of the two bodies came about 24 hours after the blast, which also caused a fire deep within the rubble that hindered rescue efforts. The incident occurred on Sunday, April 9, 2023, and was followed by the collapse of the residential building.
The cause of the explosion is currently unknown, and an investigation is underway. The incident has brought pain and sorrow to the city of Marseille, as they mourn the loss of those affected by this tragedy.