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Turkey: Five-storey building collapses in Istanbul

A police officer guards near the collapsed building as firefighters work at the scene in Istanbul Image copyright AP
Image caption Firefighters are now working at the scene - near Istiklal Avenue in central Istanbul

A five-storey building has collapsed in the Turkish city of Istanbul, but it is unclear if there are any casualties.

City police told the BBC that no-one was trapped in the wreckage, but local media say people may be inside.

The building is near Istiklal Avenue, a major pedestrian shopping area in central Istanbul, the Dogan news agency reported.

It said a cafeteria was located on the ground floor. Firefighters are now working at the scene.

A shopkeeper told Hurriyet newspaper: "Our building is right next door to the collapsed one. That building was emptied some time ago. It was empty. Shops at the entrance were still working."