FILE FILE: French rescue workers on November 5, 2018 near rubble near rubble

MARSEILLE, France (Reuters) – The body of a fifth victim was found in the rubble of two run-down buildings that collapsed this week in the French city of Marseille, the authorities said Wednesday.

The buildings collapsed on Monday morning. Rescue services combing through the rubble have now found the bodies of three men and two women.

The authorities initially said that up to eight people could be buried in the rubble.

"We continue our work, hoping to find survivors," said Charles-Henri Garie, chief of the Marseilles fire department, to BFM TV.

Rescue teams at the scene said their work was hampered by the fact that the collapse had destabilized other buildings in the area.

The authorities said they were investigating what caused the collapse of the buildings, which the area's residents described as run-down and in need of repair.

Reporting by Jean-François Rosnoblet; Additional coverage by Sudip Kar-Gupta

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