Four dead when restaurant collapses in Majorca

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Four people have been killed and 16 others injured after a restaurant partially collapsed in Majorca, Spain.

Spanish firefighters combed through the rubble of a beach restaurant in the island’s capital, Palma, on Friday for possible clues as to why the two-story building collapsed.

The crowded two-story building collapsed late Thursday afternoon in a busy tourist area of ​​Palma.

A fire official meanwhile said the “excessive weight” of the crowd was most likely to blame.

Three days of mourning have since been announced on the island.

The building consisted of the Medusa Beach Club – a street-facing restaurant with a rooftop terrace – and a basement bar, all of which were packed at the time of the disaster.

Eder Garcia, head of the local fire service, said the floor of the restaurant collapsed onto the bar in the basement. This is “where we found the most victims”, Garcia explained.

“The causes are being investigated. The first hypothesis is that it may have been due to excessive weight,” he told reporters at the scene.

Garcia also said the building is “an old structure”.

Two German women, aged 20 and 30, a 44-year-old Senegalese man and a 23-year-old Spanish woman who worked at the restaurant were killed in the collapse.

Eight of the 16 injured were still hospitalized at this stage. Those are all Dutch citizens.

“The seriously injured are out of danger,” Palma Mayor Antonio Jimenez told reporters on Friday.

Jimenez said the Senegalese man and the Spanish woman who died in the collapse were both residents of the island.

Jimenez went on to say that it was a “very sad” day for Palma.

Majorca is famous for its pristine waters and beaches, and the Balearic Islands attract more tourists than all other Spanish regions except Catalonia.

More than 14 million tourists visited the islands last year, according to official figures.

Thursday’s collapse occurred at the start of the peak tourist season.