Building topples in Azerbaijan city
Rescue workers dig for up to 15 survivors under the rubble.
Heavy equipment arrived to dismantle the wreckage and the rescue operation was expected to continue throughout the night.
Television channels showed a truck parked nearby that had been crushed by a wall of debris.
Azerbaijan’s ANS television quoted a source in the prosecutor’s office as saying 22 people were in the building when it went down, but at least seven of them had been rescued.
In a conflicting account, an emergencies service spokesman said that contractors believed four or five people could still be trapped under the rubble.
The capital of Azerbaijan, an oil-producing ex-Soviet republic, is in the middle of a construction boom with high-rise buildings going up across the city which lies on the shore of the Caspian Sea.