A multi-story building under construction collapsed on a neighboring house on the outskirts of the Kenyan capital Nairobi, killing two people on Thursday, authorities said.
Three other people have been rescued alive from the family home that was next to the collapsed building located in the suburb of Ruaka.
A son of the couple killed in the collapse, Fredrick Kamau, told The Associated Press that “by the time the ambulance arrived they were already dead.”
Scattered furniture and household items from the couple’s home were seen on the site as Kamau displayed photos of his late parents.
6-STORY BUILDING COLLAPSE LEAVES AT LEAST 2 DEAD, OTHERS TRAPPED, OFFICIALS SAY
The early-morning collapse is the second such incident this week, as building authorities warn of unauthorized building construction in and around the city.
On Tuesday, a multi-story building collapsed in the city, with construction workers trapped inside.
Three people have been confirmed dead as a result of that incident, and the owner of the building, who will be arrested and charged, has gone on the run.
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Building collapses are common in Nairobi, where housing is in high demand and unscrupulous developers often skirt regulations.
After eight buildings collapsed killing 15 people in Kenya in 2015, the presidency ordered an audit of all buildings in the country to see if they were up to code. The National Building Authority found that 58% of the buildings in Nairobi were unfit to live in.