Thousands of people are living in precarious abandoned buildings due to the city’s unaffordable rents

It took Adriana dos Santos and her six children 20 minutes to scramble to safety, feeling their way down seven dark flights of stairs as the flames spread around them.

An hour later, the 24-story building where they’d been living in downtown São Paulo collapsed, as firefighters attempted to rescue a man who’d reportedly re-entered the building to save a woman and her children.

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