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    Posted January 22, 2010 by
    Madrid, Spain
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    Miraculous Survival in Madrid building collapse


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     theUSian, an American expat living in Spain, captured images of a building collapse in Madrid last night. He lives four streets down from the building, so he decided to walk over and see what was going on. He says no one was injured.
    - zdan, CNN iReport producer

    In this time of trouble in Haiti, seeing so many buildings collapsed and few that are saved from under the rubble, it is with great satisfaction that I can report a miracle here in Madrid, just a few
    streets down from where I live.


    Last night, at 10:00 pm a woman noticed that large cracks were opening along her ceiling and down the wall. She called 112 (Spanish Emergency Number) and in five minutes the firemen were there to rush the 28 neighbors out of their houses. A few minutes later... the left side of the building came crumbling down. Zero casualties, zero injuries.

    If this had happened a couple hours later while people were already sleeping then we would be looking at a catastrophe and a search and rescue. Instead, everyone is alive and well and the fireman were taking dust covered cars out of the garage.

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