Church roof in Brazil collapses; 1 dead, dozens injured

January 19, 2009 01:18


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The roof of a Brazilian church caved in after a religious service Sunday evening, killing one person and injuring dozens more. About 60 people were inside at the time, Reborn in Christ church spokeswoman Marli Goncalves told The Associated Press. She said as many as 35 people were hurt, six of them seriously. Local media reported 40 injured, eight in serious condition. Brazilian television stations broadcast images showing the evangelical church's roof completely destroyed and the building surrounded by police and rescue teams Sunday night. Goncalves said the church, which can hold 2,000 worshippers and is usually crowded on Sundays, was relatively empty at the time of the collapse because it happened between two services. As many as 1,000 people would likely have been inside just minutes before or after, she added.

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