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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

More Than 100 Feared Dead In Cairo Apartment Collapse

CAIRO -- Egyptian rescue workers have recovered 10 bodies and fear more than 100 people are dead after the collapse of a Cairo apartment block which authorities Monday said had been illegally heightened.


The 11-story building, located two blocks from the home of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, caved in on its residents in the Cairo suburb of Heliopolis on Sunday evening.


Rescue workers -- who have pulled 21 people from the ruins -- on Monday continued to search the rubble but hope of finding more survivors dwindled.


"Unless a heavenly miracle happens, it's impossible to find any survivors," Dr. Mahmoud Sharawi said.


A medical team had to amputate a man's legs before they could extricate him. He died later in the hospital, and most of the survivors are in critical condition, doctors said.


Bulldozers removed concrete slabs and steel bars, baring arms, legs and other body parts


The Interior Ministry said in a statement prosecutors were questioning the owner of the building, Raouf Wissa Ibrahim, for illegally adding five stories after getting permission to build one more floor.


The porter of the building also said he thought renovation work in one of the 40 apartments might have affected the structure and caused the collapse.


Dr. Sayed Mohammed said at the scene rescuers needed at least two more days to recover all the bodies from the huge heap of concrete chunks and steel reinforcement rods.








"It's going to take two days, maybe even three days just to get everybody out ... this building has the Cairo Scan x-ray and radiology clinic and there were a lot of people doing scans there. No one knows how many are underneath," Mohammed said.


Only a corner of the 25-year-old building is standing.





, which were wedged beneath a wall,