Turkey: Debris from collapsed building cleared after rescues

ANKARA, Turkey — Workers used excavators to begin clearing debris from the site in eastern Turkey where a two-story building collapsed, injuring 13 people, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported Wednesday.

The building, which housed a coffee house and other shops, collapsed in the city of Malatya on Tuesday. Turkey’s emergency services sent over 260 personnel on the scene.

The 13 people trapped inside all were rescued. Two of them were admitted to intensive care.

The excavation crews were called in after emergency service agencies determined late Tuesday that no one remained inside the collapsed building, Anadolu said.

The cause of the collapse was under investigation. The private DHA news agency reports that authorities have arrested the shop owner as well as two of his employees for unauthorized renovations which could have led to the collapse.

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