A residential building suspected to be over 80-years-old collapsed in Chennai on Wednesday morning. The owner of the building and one of the tenants died in the accident. Several persons have been hospitalised.

The two-storey building at Sunguvar Street in Triplicane, which also housed a printing press, collapsed with a loud noise around 7.15 a.m.

Fire and rescue personnel are fighting to rescue those trapped. No victim was spotted under the debris till 9.30 a.m.

The few residents who escaped unhurt, turned volunteers at the spot, regulating the crowd and clearing debris. Many volunteers came to the spot after listening to the news on television. Residents, who are all tenants, say that they have lost everything in the collapse.

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