One confirmed fatality in hotel collapse, officials evacuating nearby buildings

New Orleans Fire Department via Twitter A portion of the Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans collapsed on Oct. 12 2019

One person died in a massive Hard Rock Hotel construction site collapse, three people are missing and 18 have been hospitalized Saturday, WDSUreports.

At least one person is dead and several people are unaccounted for, according to Louisiana State Governor John Bel Edwards.

Several city blocks surrounding the area of Canal and Rampart streets have been closed because a crane attached to the building is unstable and could also collapse, said Duplessis.

Debris hangs on the side of the building after a large portion of a hotel under construction suddenly collapsed in New Orleans yesterday.

One person was killed, 18 were driven to local hospitals for treatment and three were still missing, according to New Orleans Fire Superintendent Timothy McConnell and EMS Director Dr. Emily Nichols.

A number of building staff were working on the construction site, with the numbers still being accounted for.

Calls to the Hard Rock Hotel were not immediately returned.

PHOTO: Construction workers look on after a large portion of a hotel under construction suddenly collapsed in New Orleans on October 12, 2019. Authorities said no one on the ground was injured in the collapse. "We are in the process of evacuating the buildings in the perimeter". Please avoid the area & listen to public safety officials.

The building had been under construction for several months now. It looked like the concrete just slid from the top all the way down to the street. The franchise was planning a 350-room hotel within the city's Theater District. Plans were unveiled a year ago.



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