NU Online News Service, Feb. 23, 3:33 p.m. EST

Insurance broker and risk advisor Marsh Inc. said its office in Christchurch, New Zealand was among the many buildings that collapsed during Monday’s earthquake.

John Clayton, Pacific region head for Marsh, said the company is particularly concerned about three employees, one of whom is believed to be dead. The two others remain unaccounted for, he said in a statement.

Marsh is a tenant in the Pyne Gould Corp. building in downtown Christchurch. According to reports, rescuers have been trying to save people trapped in the building. Fourteen people are believed to be trapped in the rubble.  

Mr. Clayton said all other employees are accounted for.

“This is a very sad time for our company and many of us are in shock,” Mr. Clayton said.

Reports say 75 people have died from the earthquake, although that total may rise since hundreds are missing or trapped.

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