By Tara Rippin • 24 January 2020 • 13:24
RUBBLE: Body of a 75-year-old woman was found after her home collapsed. CREDIT: Ayuntamiento Alcoy
THE lifeless body of a 75-year-old woman has been recovered from the rubble of a collapsed building in Alcoy on the Costa Blanca.
A landslide destroyed part of apartment blocks 8 and 10 in Calle Sant Agusti at around 10 am on Wednesday morning.
Emergency services were immediately on the scene, and after locating one of the tenants a dog patrol was brought in, finally discovering the body of the woman who lived on the fourth floor of the number 8 building.
The family of the victim, who has not been named, have received psychological care.
The property is owned by several tenants, including the victim, and number 10 by a single person. According to the City Council, there were ‘no open files indicating problems’ with the authority or with the Technical Building Inspectorate (ITE), relating to either property.
Pending the relevant investigation, it has been reported that the back of the buildings collapsed as a result of a landslide.
The City Council evacuated further properties in Calle Sant Gregori Street as a precaution.
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Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
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