Horror explosion as collapsed building crushes child, 4, to death – rescue underway

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A four-year-old boy was found dead after a two-storey building collapsed in the northern outskirts of Turin.

Firefighters pulled him out of the rubble, but the boy was pronounced dead by the doctors who tried to revive him. 

The victim’s mother was among the wounded and was taken to a hospital in a serious condition. 

The collapse took place at around 8am British time, after the building was ruined by an explosion, according to reports from firefighters. 

Four other people were pulled out of the rubble alive and were transported to hospital. 

They included a 22 year-old man, who was incubated at the scene and suffered burns on 50 percent of his body, a 34 year-old woman who was conscious and suffered trauma and bruises of unknown severity, and a man who was trapped for over two hours under the debris. 

Rescue mission was underway with urban search and rescue teams and the search dog team attending the scene.

The firefighters have suggested that a gas leak could have led to the explosion, but this still remains unconfirmed. 

An Italian gas company, Italgas, however, have claimed that it is unlikely. 

They said: “The property was not served by the city methane distribution network. The closest stretch of the city network is 150 metres away from the place of the explosion.”

The company, therefore, excluded that “any gas leakage may have originated from the city gas distribution network.”

This is a breaking news story… More to follow 

Additional reporting by Maria Ortega. 

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