One person is dead and three people are seriously injured after a part of a building that was under construction collapsed in the Saint-Gilles neighbourhood of Brussels on Wednesday morning.
Four workers were buried under the rubble. One died and the three others were taken to the hospital with serious injuries, according to the Brussels Fire Brigade.
No one is left in the building, located on Chaussée de Waterloo, and the cause of the collapse is still under investigation. The street was closed to traffic in both directions as emergency services attended the scene.
The building in question is a two-story house with a rear extension and was being renovated. At approximately 7:45 AM, part of the ceiling of the first story collapsed whilst six workers were on the site.
Speaking to reporters on the scene, Walter Derieuw, spokesperson for the Brussels fire brigade, explained: “When we arrived, two workers had been able to move to safety and are unharmed. Four others were buried under the rubble and we were able to free them. Three were seriously injured and have been transported to hospital; the fourth has sadly died.”
The Brussels labour auditor has opened an investigation into the circumstances and causes of the accident.