updated 2/6/2007 6:34:02 AM ET 2007-02-06T11:34:02

Workers rescued a 15-year-old boy early Tuesday who was alive 36 hours after the collapse of an apartment building that left five people dead in southeastern Turkey, the governor’s office announced.

The workers evacuated Abdullah Koseer, who was trapped on the ground floor of the eight-story building when it collapsed Sunday afternoon in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir.

The teenager was hospitalized in good condition, said Ilhami Dogangun, local chief of the rescue workers in Diyarbakir.

Rescue workers removed the bodies of three more people on Tuesday, raising the death toll to five, the governor’s office said.

Authorities had evacuated the building in November fearing a collapse due to poor construction but some people apparently returned.

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