Belgium school construction site collapses killing 5

Belgium school construction site collapses killing 5

Belgium school construction site collapses killing 5

Five building workers were confirmed dead Saturday, a day after a school construction site partially collapsed in the Belgian city of Antwerp. The last two bodies were pulled out the rubble on Saturday afternoon, Antwerp’s fire department said, meaning that all the missing victims were now accounted for. King Philippe of Belgium visited the scene on Saturday accompanied by Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo.

Five construction workers left trapped under the rubble were initially pronounced missing, and a massive rescue operation commenced with multiple emergency services involved. They announced on Saturday that all five had unfortunately been found dead.

As the school was still under construction, no students were present at the time of the accident. The cause of the collapse was not known, but all the victims were sub-contractors for construction firm Democo.

The area around the construction site has been cordoned off and will remain closed after the rescue operation ends, allowing investigators to inspect the building. So far, no official information on the causes of the collapse has emerged.