Sao Paulo: Nine firefighters were crushed to death when a cave collapsed during training in Brazil.
The Sao Paulo Fire Department shared details of the crash on Twitter, saying 23 firefighters were training at the Daz Bokas Cave in the Brazilian city of Altinopoulos when the roof of the cave suddenly collapsed, killing nine firefighters. While one was safely pulled out of the rubble.
Authorities initially said three people were injured and six were missing, while a statement from the mayor’s office of El Niینوo said 15 firefighters were buried under the rubble.
Police and the emergency health team conducted a joint operation to evacuate the firefighters trapped inside the cave, but the operation was halted due to heavy rains. Authorities say access to the crash site is difficult given the suburbs and the risk of further collapse of the cave.
Sao Paulo Governor Joao Doria says all possible measures will be taken to evacuate the victims, although the cause of the cave’s collapse has not yet been determined. Altinopoulos is located about 300 km south of Sao Paulo and is also a tourist attraction due to its caves.