One dead, three missing after hotel collapse in New Orleans

Clay Curtis
October 12, 2019

Construction workers had to use ladders to get down to safety, WWLTV reports. Emergency management workers tell the Times-Picayune that three people were transported to a hospital and there may be more patients.

As reported by nola.com, an eyewitness said: "It was a deep, rumbling sound, like an airplane maybe".

New Orleans Fire Department spokesperson Tim McConnell said the structure of the upper building remains very unstable.

He confirmed that one person died and at least three people are still missing.

"The building is unstable, so a further collapse of the building is still possible", McConnell said. "The crane is still in place but it is unsupported and very risky".

"It is unsupported and very unsafe", McConnell said.

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PHOTO: Construction workers look on after a large portion of a hotel under construction suddenly collapsed in New Orleans on October 12, 2019.

Firefighters evacuated construction workers inside the hotel after the "upper six to eight" floors collapsed, McConnell said.

The Hard Rock Hotel was planned as an 18-story building with 350 rooms for the guests and a large swimming pool.

The site is located at the corner of Canal and North Rampart streets. One former theater hadn't been touched since before Hurricane Katrina hit the city.

"This remains a very fluid and very unsafe situation, and every few minutes something is falling off of this building", Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said. The governor had reportedly been campaigning in New Orleans when the incident happened.

"There was an obvious structural failure", said Duplessis. "And I think we should all be very thankful that pedestrians and motorists on the street were all able to get out safely".

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