People trapped after Soweto building collapse

One man was critically injured while three others managed to escape.

Police cordoned off the area while they search four people believed to be still trapped in an abandoned building. Picture: Thando Kubheka/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Community members on Wednesday arrived at the scene of a building collapse in Soweto.

Rescue teams are trying to find people who've been trapped under rubble for several hours now.

It's alleged a gang was trying to steal metal and cables this morning when the abandoned building in Power Park caved in.

One man was critically injured while three others managed to escape.

Picture: EWN.

Several community members surrounded the area around the structure.

A woman said she feared her uncle could be trapped underneath.

"I saw his friends, but he wasn't there."

The wife of one of the injured men said she's still in shock and wants to know what happened.

The distraught woman says she's praying that her brother and nephew are still alive.