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6 detained in building collapse that caused 3 deaths

Six people have been detained in connection with the collapse of a four-story building that killed three persons on Monday, Minhang District officials said today.

The building on Chenhang Road in Minhang was undergoing renovation without official approval to turn the former garment workshop into a low-rent apartment building.

Rescuers retrieved three bodies from the rubble. The three victims, two men and a woman, were all tenants in the building.

The part of the building collapsed suddenly around 2:37pm on Monday. Witness said workers were knocking down partition walls on the fourth floor before the collapse.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation. Minhang authorities have invited experts to evaluate the safety of the remaining part of the building.


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