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The BBC's Richard Wells
"Rescue workers clawed the rubble with their bare hands"
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The BBC's Jane Bennett-Powell
"No signs of life were heard and time ran out"
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Steve Henry, Humberside Fire Services
"Up to the end there was a glimmer of hope for the men"
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Tuesday, 4 April, 2000, 15:33 GMT 16:33 UK
Bodies found in collapsed building
Firefighters discover body
Firefighters stop digging as a body is discovered
Rescuers have found the bodies of three workers who were trapped under 50 tonnes of rubble after a derelict warehouse collapsed.

Police spokesman Inspector Steve Page said: "It is with much sadness now that I can reveal to you that the rescuers have found three dead bodies and we are not looking for anyone else.

"Our thoughts and those of the fire brigade are with the family and friends of all those who have died," he said.

The building, in Hull, collapsed on Monday. Rescuers had hoped that air pockets in the debris had enabled the men to survive.

They had been removing rubble by hand. But listening equipment failed to hear any sounds of life.
Collapsed building
A major internal wall collapsed in the derelict warehouse

Inspector Page said: "We must express praise for firemen and women who have worked through arduous and sometimes dangerous conditions in what has always been a rescue operation."

The men were trapped in the warehouse when a major internal wall collapsed as they worked, bringing down four floors.

A 38-year-old man was rescued minutes later. He was taken to Hull Royal Infirmary.

He is thought to have avoided major injury because he was trapped in a tunnel created by falling masonry.

A fifth man working on the building, Shpend Lika, escaped the collapse because he had gone to buy coffees for his colleagues.

The former warehouse had been converted into a gym, but had been badly damaged by fire six months ago.

The trapped men were part of a team of five repairing the warehouse owned by Marketing Development of Africa.

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