May 19, 2013
Seven die after supermarket roof collapses in Neuquén
Seven people were confirmed dead today after the roof of a supermarket in Neuquén collapsed, leaving customers trapped under a pile of rubble and debris. Three people are still missing.
Fourteen people were taken to a nearby hospital with various injuries. Twelve of them have been checked out while the remaining twoi are still in treatment.
The incident took place in the supermarket Cooperativa Obrera, in the western area of the city.
According to government officials, many customers were shopping in the store when the structure collapsed as a result of a wall that was being constructed on top of the property.
Neuquén Governor Jorge Sapag ruled a three day mourning period and assured he "inmensely upset over this tragedy."
“So far all we know is that there are five people dead. We are unable to disclose their ages or the amount of people that remain missing,” the director of the Castro Rendón hospital, Adrián Lammel, said.
The roof collapsed a few minutes before 8 pm Thursday night, trapping most of the people who were in the dairy and vegetables section.