Tower Block Catches Fire Before Collapsing In Brazil

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A high rise building occupied by squatters in Brazil's most populous city caught fire and collapsed Tuesday, sending chunks of fiery debris crashing into neighboring buildings and surrounding streets.

The blaze is now under control, the spokesman added.

The network's terrifying footage shows the moment when the fire damaged too much of the structure, causing each floor to collapse on the one below as they fell like dominoes.

A massive fire ripped through a building in Sao Paulo yesterday, killing at least one person. According to preliminary information, one person was killed and three are reported missing. Hours after the blaze started, the building - stretching more than 20 stories - collapsed.

In a July 2017, story on the residences, The Associated Press reported that around 350 families were living in the former police headquarters. Local media on Tuesday reported that only around 50 were now living there.

Firefighter Lieutenant Andre Elias told Brazilian news channel Globo TV that emergency personnel expected to find victims, but were unsure exactly how many to expect.

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The fire began overnight and spread rapidly, turning the building into an inferno.

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Mr Franca said about 150 buildings in the region were occupied by organised groups of squatters who have pressured the government to provide housing for the city's homeless. The government estimates that almost 4000 families are living in vacant buildings downtown. "Others are less established and more precarious".

He had envisioned a revitalised downtown, a glitzy showcase for an important financial centres. Fair-housing activists, on the other hand, argue that the area could offer affordable housing to tens of thousands of people.

Officials say it will take days to clear the debris.

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