8 die as portion of building collapses in India

A Indian fire official says a portion of a 13-story building under construction in the western Indian city of Pune has collapsed, killing at least eight workers.

The official says the top portion of the building came crashing down on Friday.

Rescuers were looking for workers possibly trapped in the rubble, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to talk to reporters. Pune is 160 kilometers (100 miles) southeast of Mumbai, the capital of Maharashtra state.

Building collapses are common in India, where high demand for housing and lax regulations have encouraged some builders to cut corners, use substandard materials or add unauthorized extra floors.