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Burning high-rise occupied by squatters collapses in Sao Paulo, Brazil

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An abandoned high-rise building occupied by squatters in downtown Sao Paulo caught fire and collapsed Tuesday, sending chunks of fiery debris crashing into neighboring buildings and surrounding streets.

Firefighters said at least one person had been killed in the collapse and that there could be more.

The building, a former federal police headquarters, caught fire around 1:30 a.m. local time. Firefighters set up a perimeter and worked to evacuate people.

A few hours later, as flames engulfed the building, which was at least 20 stories, it collapsed. Globo TV, which was covering the fire, captured the destruction. Images showed the floors falling on themselves like dominoes and debris flying in all directions. (AP)

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Firefighters work in the the rubble of a building that caught fire and collapsed in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (Photo: Andre Penner/AP)


Firefighters work in the the rubble of a building that caught fire and collapsed in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (Photo: Andre Penner/AP)


Firefighter officers comfort a man near the site where a building collapsed in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil May 1, 2018. (Photo: Leonardo Benassatto/Reuters)


Firefighters work in the aftermath and search for possible victims of the fire that struck two buildings in the center of the city of Sao Paulo, at dawn on May 1, 2018. (Photo: Paulo Lopes via ZUMA Wire)


Firefighters work in the aftermath and search for possible victims of the fire that struck two buildings in the center of the city of Sao Paulo, at dawn on May 1, 2018. (Photo: Paulo Lopes via ZUMA Wire)


Firefighters work in the the rubble of a building that caught fire and collapsed in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (Photo: Andre Penner/AP)


Rescue workers along with sniffer dogs search for victims in a collapsed building in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil May 1, 2018. (Photo: Leonardo Benassatto/Reuters)


Firefighters work in the the rubble of a building that caught fire and collapsed in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (Photo: Andre Penner/AP)


Police officer comforts a woman near the site where a building collapsed in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil May 1, 2018. (Photo: Leonardo Benassatto/Reuters)


Smoke raises form a building in fire in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil May 1, 2018. (Photo: Leonardo Benassatto/Reuters)


Firefightera triy to extinguish a fire at a building in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil May 1, 2018. (Photo: Leonardo Benassatto/Reuters)


A firefighter walks past the site of a building that collapsed in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil May 1, 2018. (Photo: Leonardo Benassatto/Reuters)


A firefighter tries to extinguish a fire at a building in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil May 1, 2018. (Photo: Leonardo Benassatto/Reuters)


Neighborhood residents watch firefighters working in the the rubble of a building that caught fire and collapsed in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (Photo: Andre Penner/AP)


Firefighters work at the scene of a building that caught fire and collapsed in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (Photo: Andre Penner/AP)


Flames from a building fire are seen in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil May 1, 2018. (Photo: Leonardo Benassatto/Reuters)


In this photo released by Sao Paulo Fire Department, a building on fire is seen in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday, May 1, 2018. A burning building in downtown Sao Paulo has collapsed as firefighters worked to put out a fire that began in the middle of the night. (Sao Paulo Fire Department via AP)