Argentina building collapse leaves at least one dead

Police and passers-by look for victims in the rubble minutes after the collapse of an old theatre in Tucuman, Argentina, on May 23, 2018.
Police and passers-by look for victims in the rubble minutes after the collapse of an old theatre in Tucuman, Argentina, on May 23, 2018.PHOTO: AFP

BUENOS AIRES (AFP) - At least one man was killed on Wednesday (May 23) when an old theatre that was under renovations collapsed in the downtown area of the Argentine city of Tucuman, police said.

"We are in the middle of rescue work removing the rubble. We are working with firefighters the police and city officials.

There is one man who has died, over 18, who has not yet been identified," a police officer in the northern Argentine city told local media.

The site of the incident, the exact cause of which remains unknown, was not far from the provincial legislature.

Local media reported that a loud blast was heard and smoke could be seen rising above the former theatre.

It first opened in 1923 as a candy store, then became a theatre and finally an adult cinema before it closed for good in 1995.