Building Suddenly Collapses In Istanbul Centre

Story BySibel AbdiuSub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyAsia Wire Report

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This is the shocking moment a three-storey building suddenly collapses in the centre of Turkey’s largest city Istanbul.

The incident took place in the area of Balat in Fatih District in the north-western Turkish city Istanbul when the three-story wooden building on Corbasi Cesme Street suddenly collapsed.

A spokesperson for the Governor of Istanbul said that the derelict building had been previously cordoned off as a “precautionary measure”.

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A passerby filmed the moment of the collapse as he was trying to find the owner of a car that was parked near the building.

However, he was too late and one side of the three-storey edifice crumbled away and fell on top of the car.

In the footage, a side street is seen covered in debris as onlookers gather outside the area cordoned off by firefighters.

The damaged parked car is then shown with rubble on the roof and bonnet.

In the next scene, an excavator arrives and starts knocking down the building’s standing walls. A dog can also be seen eagerly trying to help out.

Luckily, the derelict building was empty and no casualties or injuries were reported.

Immediately after the incident, firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene and the Istanbul Governorate said: “The old wooden building located in the neighbourhood of Balat in Fatih District, which was previously cordoned off as a precautionary measure, has collapsed.

“Firefighters have been diverted to the location of the incident.”

Two weeks ago, Istanbul was shocked when an eight-storey building collapsed in the district of Kartal.

Of the 35 people trapped under the debris, 21 were reportedly killed and 14 were rescued and hospitalised.

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Sibel Abdiu

I have worked as a correspondent covering news from Turkey and Albania for several years now.

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