4 killed, 1 injured as family falls from Swiss building

Swiss police say three adults and a child have died and a teenager has been seriously injured after falling from a seven-storey residential building in the town of Lakeside in Montreux.

Montreux, Switzerland – Swiss police say three adults and a child were killed and a teenager was seriously injured when a seven-storey residential building collapsed in the Lakeside town of Montreux on Thursday.

Police said the dead were all French nationals and members of the same family. Police said officers tried to execute a warrant on a child’s home-schooling shortly before the incident.

In a statement, police identified the dead as a 40-year-old man, his 41-year-old wife, his twin sister and the couple’s 8-year-old daughter. The couple’s 15-year-old son was seriously injured, they said.

Alexandre Bissenz, a spokesman for the regional police, told The Associated Press that he could not immediately confirm Swiss media reports that the five had jumped from a building.

They were found outside a building near the city’s famous casino barrier around 8 a.m. Thursday, Bisenge told the AP.

In their statement, police said the two officers identified themselves by knocking on the door of an apartment.

“Unable to contact potential occupants, they have left the place,” police said. “Meanwhile, an eyewitness called police to say that people had fallen from the porch of an apartment.”

Montreux, a bucolic lakeside town, is best known for its tourist hot spots and especially for its annual jazz festival.

Police and emergency teams have set up white tents at the scene and forensic investigators have been spotted on the top porch of the building.

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