World

University building in St. Petersburg partially collapses

Part of the roof and several floors of university building in Russia's second-largest city collapsed Saturday, but officials say there were no casualties.

No one hurt after part of roof and several floors collapse at ITMO University

Russian emergency employees work at the scene of the St. Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics in St. Petersburg on Saturday. Several floors in the building collapsed, authorities said. (Dmitri Lovetsky/Associated Press)

Part of the roof and several floors of university building in Russia's second-largest city collapsed Saturday, but officials say there were no casualties.

The Emergencies Ministry said the collapse Saturday afternoon at the St. Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics took place as construction work was underway.

An investigation into criminal violation of construction safety has been opened.

St. Petersburg's acting governor, Alexander Beglov, told journalists at the scene that 81 people were moved out when the building was evacuated.

"No victims, no injured," he said.

He said about 20 of the evacuees were foreign students attending a weekend class.

The school, known as ITMO University, is one of Russia's national research universities.

With files from Reuters