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ARGENTINA | 24-05-2018 10:36

Building collapse in Argentina's Tucumán province leaves three dead

A 90-year-old theatre that was under renovations collapsed on Wednesday in San Miguel de Tucumán.

Three people were killed Wednesday when a 90-year-old theatre that was under renovations collapsed in the downtown area of the Argentine city of San Miguel de Tucumán, police said.

“We are in the middle of rescue work removing the rubble. We are working with firefighters the police and city officials. There is one man who has died, over 18, who has not yet been identified,” a police officer in the northern Argentine city told local media. 

The site of the incident, the exact cause of which remains unknown, was not far from the provincial legislature. 

Local media reported that a loud blast was heard and smoke could be seen rising above the former theatre. 

It first opened in 1923 as a candy store, then became a theatre and finally an adult cinema before it closed for good in 1995.

-TIME/AFP

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