02 May, 2018
A large blaze lights up downtown Sao Paulo after a 26-storey block of flats caught fire and collapsed late in the night.
Footage of the collapse was posted to social media, showing debris raining down on the surrounding buildings and streets.
Officials said the inferno began at around 1:30 a.m. and it wasn't known how many people were inside.
The Associated Press reported that the building was formerly a federal police headquarters but had been abandoned for many years.
At least one person was reportedly killed. It was regularly occupied by squatters, and it is possible that groups of homeless people were using the building when the fire broke out.More news: Trump praises Jackson, says he was smeared
Firefighters evacuated the high-rise but as they were taking out the last of the residents, the building collapsed, killing the man. "I had to come, despite these protests, because I was in Sao Paulo, and it would have looked bad if I didn't", he told journalists.
One person was trapped in the upper part of the building and was calling for help when the building collapsed and authorities said that the person is most likely dead. Firefighters set up a perimeter and worked to evacuate people. Many such dwellings are run like regular apartment buildings, with doormen and residents paying monthly fees and utility bills. Fair-housing activists had criticized his efforts saying he should focus on creating affordable housing to the tens of thousands who need it.
Officials say the second building is now not at risk of collapse.
Firefighters believe clearing the rubble, which was still smouldering hours afterward, could take days.