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article imageIstanbul house collapse kills two

By Sayovi     Feb 21, 2007 in World
A five-storey building has collapsed in the Turkish city of Istanbul, killing at least two people and injuring 26 others, the city's governor has said.
Istanbul Governor Muammer Guler said at least 27 + people were living in the five storied building while it collapsed by injuring 26 people and killing 2.
It is said that the poor construction is the reason for much of the damage in two earthquakes which hit the Turkish city in 1999.
One seven-year-old girl was believed to be dead when pulled from the rubble, but she was found to be alive and is now in critical condition in hospital.
Teams using sniffer dogs are searching for others who may be buried in debris while the witnesses say that there would have been more deaths where some staff must have been in the ground floor coffee shop. There was no alarm sounded from the coffee shop a the time of incident.
They and a passer-by, who had noticed the building moving, tried to alert residents by ringing doorbells, shouting and throwing stones at windows.
Ali Karahan, chief of Istanbul's fire department, said some of the injured had been rescued after becoming trapped in a stairwell.
There are also reports that the building was on a list of property scheduled for demolition.
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