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5 killed in roof collapse of Mercedes-Benz building in Shanghai

At least five people were killed when the roof of a large building being used as a Mercedes-Benz dealership in downtown Shanghai collapsed.

In the roof collapsed incident another 14 were rescued in a massive rescue effort which involved over 150 emergency responders and 24 vehicles.

The incident occurred at a time when the building was undergoing renovation. Chinese officials did not give any cause for the collapse.

A local resident said she was asleep when her bed suddenly started to shake. She then heard a loud bang.

“I thought it was an explosion at first,” the woman said.

Chinese media reported the building’s area was around 3,000 square meters (32,000 square feet). Images from the scene showed about half of the compound’s roof was collapsed. The building was reportedly in the process of the redevelopment as a mixed-use arts and innovation site.

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