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Two tourists among the four people killed in building collapse in Mallorca

Police are investigating whether excessive weight on a terrace caused the building to collapse into the basement.

SPANISH POLICE HAVE released details of the four people killed when a bar and restaurant collapsed on the island of Mallorca last night. 

Two German women, aged 20 and 30, were killed in the collapse in Palma, along with a 33-year-old Spanish woman and a 44-year-old Senegalese man, authorities said.

The Spanish woman worked in the club, they added, and the Senegalese man is believed to have lived on the island for years. 

Palma mayor Jaime Martinez and firefighter department spokesman Eder Garcia told reporters that excess weight on a terrace may have caused the collapse on Thursday evening.

Sixteen people were injured and five were said to be in a serious condition in hospital. There were no immediately details on their nationalities.

A technical team was at the site this morning to determine the cause of the collapse of the building. 

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Eder Garcia said the street-level floor of the building had collapsed onto a bar in the basement, which is “where we found the most victims”.

“The causes are being investigated. The first hypothesis is that it was possibly due to excessive weight,” he told reporters at the scene.

The accident occurred in the city of Palma on the Mediterranean island which is popular with tourists.

The building housed a restaurant called Medusa Beach Club, located near the beach, and the area was packed with tourists at the time.

Police were unable to say how many people were on the premises when the accident occurred at around 8.30pm (7.30pm Irish time). 

Public television on the Balearic Islands, IB3, reported that there were people dancing on the terrace which collapsed onto the floor below.

No official cause has been given for the collapse.

The city has declared three days of mourning.

 Additional reporting by ©AFP, 2024

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