At least one dead after New Orleans hotel collapse
Topics: NEW ORLEANS HOTEL COLLAPSE DEAD
The New Orleans fire department received reports at 9:12 am local time that the Hard Rock Hotel in downtown New Orleans had collapsed.
One person died at the scene, according to Fire Chief Timothy McConnell, who added that the building is now structurally unstable.
"Another collapse is possible," he told reporters at the construction site.
Firefighters evacuated construction workers inside the hotel after the "upper six to eight" floors collapsed, Mr McConnell said.
Emergency medical services director Emily Nichols said that first responders evaluated 19 people at the scene, 18 of whom were transported to hospitals and are in stable condition.
The last person refused transport.
Three people are still missing, and there are no reports of injury to passers-by.
Due to the hotel's unstable structure, the operation to clear the area is ongoing, according to local Homeland Security office director Collin Arnold. ■