The body of a man who died after the roof of a town centre building in West Bromwich collapsed has been recovered.
The man, in his 30s, was confirmed dead by paramedics on Wednesday morning after he was discovered on the ground floor of the building.
Urban search and rescue teams have worked together with West Midlands Fire Service at the scene since the incident, at about 12.44am on Wednesday morning. The rescue operation has been protracted because the building, a three-storey property, remains structurally unsound, the fire service said.
The man, who has not yet been named, was pulled from the building on a stretcher through the roof by a hydraulic platform shortly after 9pm on Wednesday.
Speaking from the scene Detective Chief Inspector Danny Long said: "At the moment we can't tell what time this person died or where he was in the building when the roof collapsed. Obviously the roof went through not just the first floor but through to the ground floor. We don't know how far he fell. We can't say at this stage."
He said the man is thought to have lived at the property, which comprises an estate agent on the ground floor and two residential floors above, in West Bromwich High Street. Mr Long said: "We think we know who this person is. The family have been contacted, they are aware."
Four other men who were inside the building when the roof collapsed have been accounted for. Two were rescued by fire crews, while two made their own way out. A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said two people were taken to Sandwell General Hospital. One of the casualties had a minor head injury while the other suffered a foot wound.
The cause of the roof collapse is not yet known, but a fire service spokesman described the incident as a "catastrophic failure" of the roof, adding: "The roof has collapsed inwards, which has caused the floors below to pancake downwards towards the ground floor."
Eyewitnesses said they feared an earthquake when they heard the roof collapse. Russ Basford, 32, lives three doors away from the scene, in a flat above a hairdresser's salon. He said: "I heard a loud bang and then there was like a rumbling which seemed to go on for ages.
"We had an earthquake around here a few years back so I thought we were having another one. Everything was shaking. I went downstairs to see what was going on and saw the building with the roof just gone."
Police have evacuated residents of all neighbouring properties and all retail premises remain closed.