A 22-year-old who was returning from a party early Saturday (12) saved a neighbor’s life after realizing that the building he lived in was crooked and had cracks in it.
Student Thibaut Lemay told the local press that when he got home, he saw that the building had “moved.” However, he tried to get into his private apartment.
“I couldn’t open the door and I heard some falling debris,” Lemay told France’s BFM TV.
After noticing problems in the four-story building, he called the fire department, who imposed a cordon and began evacuating the building.
And at dawn, firefighters knocked on all the doors to get the residents out. The number of people rescued has not been disclosed yet, but some of them refused to leave the scene.
One resident, Benjamin Loppard, 35, told Channel. He left his residence with only documents, a change of clothes and a computer at 5:30 in the morning.
The construction in question collapsed at 9:15 am, when most of the residents had already left the site.
One man was pulled from the rubble with minor injuries, and another, aged 45, died.
Although one death was recorded, the country’s authorities realized that the 22-year-old neighbor had saved many lives.
“I still shudder because if this guy hadn’t come home at 3 a.m. and called us, we might not have had that reaction and there could have been more deaths,” Lille’s mayor, Martine Aubry, said.
The country’s interior minister, Gerald Darmanin, also acknowledged the student’s role in the posting on social networks. “I would like to thank the municipality and the emergency services of the city of Lille for their prompt and professional intervention. I would also like to thank the student who gave the early warning,” he said.
Investigations are still underway into the causes of the collapse, and buildings are being inspected on the construction side, without revealing any problems.
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