Drone and rescue dogs in use as church collapse search continues

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Emergency services are using rescue dogs and a drone to continue their search for a missing person following the collapse of a church in Splott, Cardiff.

Two people were able to escape from the scene with minor injuries.

Eric Bellew, group manager of the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service and officer in charge at the scene, said firefighters were called at 2.51pm.

We have specialist rescue equipment at the scene, which, alongside the urban search and rescue team’s structural collapse rescue technicians are ensuring that the building is safe to undertake an extensive search. We are also utilising the urban search and rescue dog and the All Wales Fire and Rescue Service drone. As a precaution, the railway adjacent to the building has been closed, but two lines which run between Newport and Cardiff are still in operation, with reduced services. Motorists are advised to avoid the area until further notice.ERIC BELLEW, SOUTH WALES FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE