Toll in Liege building collapse rises


The death toll from a collapsed apartment block in eastern Belgium has risen to nine, but rescue efforts have been suspended because of fears that more buildings could fall down, Belgian media reported today.

A suspected gas leak blew up the block of flats early yesterday in a street in the centre of the east Belgian city of Liege, damaging adjoining buildings and shattering windows.

Firefighters have suspended rescue efforts because of fears that other buildings could also collapse, the Belgian news agency Belga said.

The collapse injured 21 people, three of them seriously, Belga reported. City officials could not immediately be reached to confirm the casualty figures.