At least 2 dead, 9 still missing after building collapses in Spain's holiday resort of Tenerife

Firefighters and rescue workers search for survivors after a building collapsed in Los Cristianos, in the Canary Island of Tenerife, Spain, on April 14, 2016.
Firefighters and rescue workers search for survivors after a building collapsed in Los Cristianos, in the Canary Island of Tenerife, Spain, on April 14, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

ARONA, SPAIN (AFP) - At least two people have been confirmed dead after a building in Spain's beach resort of Tenerife collapsed on Thursday (April 14).

Spanish emergency services on Friday (April 15) pulled a second body from the rubble of the four-storey building that collapsed on the popular Canary Island holiday resort.

Nine of the 28 people in the building, situated on one of the island's most popular beaches, are still missing, the authorities said, with fears the death toll could still grow.

After working through the night, emergency workers "found a second dead person, a woman whose age has yet to be determined," local authorities said in a statement.

Three people, including a 28-year-old Italian man who suffered a broken arm, were rescued from the rubble late Thursday, with two requiring hospital treatment.

The building, located in the beach area of Los Cristianos in the south of Tenerife, collapsed at around 9.30am local time on Thursday. The cause was not immediately clear.

Four buildings located next to the collapsed block have been evacuated and dozens of families are living with relatives or staying in temporary accommodation.

Tenerife, the largest of Spain's Canary Islands off the north-west coast of Africa, is a popular destination for British holidaymakers and retirees.

It is also popular with German tourists.