A BRITISH man who was rescued from a collapsed building in Playa Flamenca last month has died in hospital from an unrelated condition.
58-year-old Malcolm Lawrence was trapped on the top floor of the duplex on Calle Limón in the Laguna III residential area on the morning of Wednesday, September 26th, before he was freed by emergency services.
He spent two days in Torrevieja Hospital, before being discharged.
Mr Lawrence, who used to work for the West Yorkshire Police in Dewsbury, moved to the area over 16 years ago but had only resided on Calle Limón for some nine months, where he lived alone.
He had been suffering from emphysema and was readmitted to Torrevieja Hospital on Sunday lunchtime, before passing away on Tuesday morning.
His shock death has stunned his neighbours, who are still trying to come to terms with the fact that they are without a home because of the collapse and evacuation of adjoining properties, which will almost certainly have to be demolished.
A close friend of Mr Lawrence told The Weekender:- “The news over Malcolm has shocked us at what is a terrible time for everybody. A doctor told me that there is no evidence that his death was caused by what happened a fortnight ago, but in my opinion, it could hardly have helped him”.
The Weekender has had exclusive access to the heart-breaking story of the residents affected by the collapse and the anguish that it has brought them, including no access to their possessions, along with the practical problems of being homeless, and in most cases, with little or no money to pay for the accommodation they need.