Eight bodies recovered after building collapses in Italy

Investigation into why five-story residential block near Naples collapsed

Rescuers work amid the rubble of a building that collapsed in Torre Annunziata, near Naples, southern Italy. Photograph: Ciro Fusco/ANSA via AP

Rescuers work amid the rubble of a building that collapsed in Torre Annunziata, near Naples, southern Italy. Photograph: Ciro Fusco/ANSA via AP

 

Eight bodies have been pulled from the rubble of an apartment building that partially collapsed in Italy, fire crews say.

The work of digging through the debris in a seaside town south of Naples for victims ended on Saturday morning, more than 24 hours after the five-story residential building collapsed.

About 80 firefighters worked through the night with diggers, drills and by hand to locate the victims.

The cause remains under investigation but authorities say it may be linked to renovation work on the building.

It is located along the Naples-Salerno railway line in the town of Torre Annunziata.

Witnesses said there was no explosion before the collapse but a train had just passed.

The Italian railway said vibrations from the train have no impact on adjacent buildings.

AP