Hanoi colonial house collapses; one dead, many still trapped in rubble

By Thanh Nien Staff, Thanh Nien News

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 A view of the site where a centenary house on Hanoi's Tran Hung Dao Street collapsed at nearly 1 p.m. Tuesday. Photo: Quang Minh
Police have rescued 15 people although more are still trapped after an old house in Hanoi downtown collapsed on Tuesday afternoon.
The house on Tran Hung Dao Street in Hoan Kiem District, currently used as an office for Vietnam Railways, crashed down at nearly 1 p.m. Large chunks of its walls and bricks were thrown to residents’ houses nearby. 
Doan Duy Hoach, deputy director of the company, told news website VnExpress that the house was very old and the rain in the morning made it weaker.
There are many shops crowded with customers around the house, which was built during the French colonial period.
Several fire trucks and ambulances were sent to the site soon later.
Initial reports said that at least eight people were injured and one was killed. 
Police and soldiers are still looking for more people said to be trapped in the collapse, including a 91-year-old man. They have brought in equipment to cut through the rubble and make sure they don't miss any victims.
Roads around the site have been blocked to facilitate the rescue.
Police are investigating the incident.
The house is very close to residents' house. Photo credit: VnExpress 
Rescue workers at the site. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre
A view of the site. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre

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