The construction of a Hard Rock hotel on Canal Street in New Orleans’ French Quarter collapsed Saturday morning.
In a press conference posted to Facebook, New Orleans fire superintendent Tim McConnell confirmed one person died and three people are missing. EMS director Emily Nichols confirmed 19 people were evaluated for injuries, 18 of which were transported to the hospital and are in stable condition. One person refused to be transported.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, who was in New Orleans for election day, also commented on the incident.
“This is a serious collapse. We’re praying for the individuals who are unaccounted for,” he said.
The New Orleans Fire Department arrived on the scene at 9:12 a.m. CDT shortly after the collapse.
Video provided to local CBS-affiliated television station WWL-TV shows the moments when the building’s frame fell several stories in the air to the street. The video shows several people running from the collapse.
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It is unknown at this point what caused the collapse, which heavily damaged the top six to eight floors of the hotel, according to McConnell. As of 11:30 a.m. CDT, authorities said the building remains unstable and further collapses were possible.
The hotel was expected to open in the spring, according to The Associated Press.
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