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Majorca building collapse: Four dead and 16 injured, rescuers say

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Legend, Footage from the scene shows emergency personnel moving large pieces of debris out of the building.

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Four people died and 16 others were injured when a two-story building collapsed on the Spanish island of Mallorca, according to local emergency services.

Several people are believed to be stuck at the site of Medusa Beach Club, a seaside restaurant on Calle Cartago in Palma de Mallorca, the regional capital.

The incident reportedly happened around 8:30 p.m. local time (7:30 p.m. BST). A number of people are feared trapped in the rubble.

Emergency services told local media they were finalizing rescue operations and securing the area shortly after midnight local time.

The floor of the establishment collapsed Thursday evening, causing people to fall into the basement below, where there were also customers and staff.

Palma fire chief Eder García told local media that most of those affected by the collapse were foreigners and tourists, El Pais reported.

A local police spokesperson told reporters the balcony may have collapsed due to excessive weight, but stressed the exact cause was still under investigation.

A man was pulled from the rubble with a broken arm, and rescue services assume other people are trapped. Authorities asked spectators to remain silent to allow them to hear the voices of survivors.

The mayor of Palma, Jaime Martínez, reportedly visited the site with the deputy mayor for tourism.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez sent his condolences to the families of the victims.

He said he was closely following all the latest developments and his government was ready to send any necessary assistance.

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Legend, A fire truck photographed outside the building in Palma de Mallorca

The President of the Balearic Islands, Marga Prohens, said she was shocked by the incident and offered her condolences to the families of the victims.

Ms Prohens thanked the emergency services, as well as Mr Sánchez for their support.

Mallorca is the largest of the Spanish Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean.

Last year, more than 17 million people visited the island.

Legend, Mallorca is the largest of the Spanish Balearic Islands
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