Photograph of the college after the incident. / EC

Two bodies found in rubble after college roof collapse in Gijón

The incident happened at the San Vicente de Paul college in the coastal city in northern Spain, this Wednesday morning

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Emergency services have found the bodies of two missing workers after a roof slab collapsed at the San Vicente de Paul college in Gijón, a large coastal city in northern Spain, this Wednesday morning (5 January).

Firefighters initially rescued two slightly injured workers from the site, but then continued searching the rubble for two other workers who were reported missing.

The body of one man was quickly recovered and rescue teams continued working in shifts for several hours, throwing debris out of the building’s windows, until they found the body of the second man.

The deceased have been identified with the initials AV and DV, aged 38 and 40 years old, and they were cousins. Apparently, they were working on the roof of the building when the collapse happened.

The director of the school, Manuel Fuertes, said that "some workers were doing maintenance work and the roof fell on them."

"The work was something simple, on the ceiling, but at the plaster level. And nothing complex or of the magnitude of what has happened, is what they had told us," explained the head of the educational centre.