Woman dead as building collapses in Tenerife

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A woman has died after a building collapsed in a popular resort on Tenerife.

Emergency services are searching the rubble for survivors after the four-storey apartment block came crashing down in Los Cristianos, a resort popular with British tourists.

Spanish police say they do not know how many people were in the block, which houses 21 flats, when it came down at about 9.30am local time.

At least one person was killed and three were injured, according to local media.

Officials on the Canary Island have not confirmed the death, but said a woman was seriously injured and a man and woman suffered less severe injuries.

It is not known if any Britons were involved.

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A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: “We are in contact with local authorities and urgently seeking more information following a building collapse in Tenerife.”

Javier Velazquez, 58, who owns the Hide Away Pub next to the building and lives above the bar, said his terrace had been “obliterated”.

He said: “No-one was on the terrace because I don’t open till 5pm but if this had happened in the evening, it would have been far worse.

“Around a third of my customers are British and 95 per cent are Europeans from places like Italy, Belgium and Scandinavia.

“The noise when the building collapsed was tremendous. There was work going on in an old commercial premises on the first floor and I fear what’s happened could be something to do with that.”

Tenerife, and the south in particular, is popular with British holidaymakers, with nearly 1.7 million Britons visiting the island in 2014, according to official tourism figures.

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