Emergency officials are on the scene of a partial building collapse at the Hard Rock Hotel construction site in New Orleans. According to preliminary data, one person died as a result of the collapse and 18 more were injured.
"It's a very risky situation", Fire Superintendent Timothy McConnell said, adding that the building is "unstable", and another collapse is possible. Another video on social media was taken by someone aboard one of the city's famous streetcars as it approached the site while the building was collapsing.
"We're praying for the individuals who remain unaccounted for", John Bel Edwards, the governor of Louisiana, said at the press conference. The facility was also set to be opened in Spring 2020. Upper floors began to fall on top of each other before one side of the building fell to the ground below.
Authorities say 18 people were injured. It is unclear what caused the collapse.
The last person refused transport.
Surrounding buildings, including condominiums, were being evacuated.
He witnessed the collapse from a Tulane School of Public Health classroom in a nearby building.
The hotel is located at the corner of Canal and North Rampart Streets. It looked like the concrete just slid from the top all the way down to the street.