June 26, 1997 |
The owner of a building that collapsed last year, killing 64 people, was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to seven years in jail. The High Security Court found Raouf Wissa Ibrahim, 60, guilty of illegally adding four floors to his eight-story building, causing it to buckle under the weight in October. Prosecutors said even the original eight floors wouldn't have held long.
October 30, 1996 |
For 36 hours, she sat in darkness, pinned up to her waist by the rubble of a collapsed apartment building. But her "screaming and praying" paid off Tuesday for Samantha Miksche as she was pulled from the ruins that authorities here fear may have fatally entombed scores of others. The 17-year-old from Redondo Beach was cut, bruised, nauseated and desperately thirsty.
October 29, 1996 |
The doctor heard the pinned man begging Monday: "Give me oxygen! Get me out of here!" But rescuers could not reach him deep under the rubble, and, after three agonizing hours, the victim succumbed--another casualty in a building collapse that left at least 15 people dead and up to 80 missing, with little hope for their survival.