Three people die and one is injured after the 15-story building in Houston partially collapsed
- The 15-story building under construction partially collapsed around 1:30 p.m.
- The Houston Fire Department said a stairwell collapsed inside
- At the scene, three people who were alleged to be workers were pronounced dead
- A fourth was injured and rushed to hospital in stable condition, officials said
Three workers were killed and another injured after a skyscraper partially collapsed in West Houston Monday afternoon.
The 15-story building under construction is located on the 990 block of Town and Country Boulevard, near the intersection of Interstate 10 and Beltway.
The collapse occurred shortly after 1:30 p.m. local time. The Houston Fire Department said a newly built stairwell collapsed on several lower floors of the building.
Three workers were pronounced dead at the scene. A fourth was hospitalized in stable condition, but the current extent of their injuries is unknown.
Officials said the building itself was not at risk of collapse, but they were concerned about a second collapse in the stairwell.
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The building under construction appears to be on the 990 block of Town and Country Boulevard near the intersection of Interstate 10 and Beltway
The collapse occurred shortly after 1:30 p.m. local time. Footage captured by KTRK appeared to show that part of the second floor of the building had fallen on top of the first
All 240 workers at the site have now been reported, according to KHOU11, so no further deaths or injuries are to be expected.
However, a rescue team is on hand to search the wreck and make sure no one else is inside.
Deputy fire chief Ruy Lozano said the building is currently too unstable for the crew to enter.
It is unclear how long it will take to remove the bodies from the skyscraper and stabilize the structure, Lozano said.
"We'll take the time to safely recover the bodies," Lozano told the Houston Chronicle. "It's a very unstable structure."
The breakdown appears to have occurred in the One MRO Project Building, announced by Marathon Oil earlier this year.
An employee at the crime scene told KTRK that he was on the ground floor at the time of the incident. He said it appeared that several floors of a stairwell may have collapsed
A rescue team is on site to search the wreck and make sure no one else is in the house. However, Deputy Fire Chief Ruy Lozano said the building is currently too unstable for them to walk inside
An employee at the crime scene told KTRK that he was on the ground floor at the time of the incident.
He said it appeared that several floors of a stairwell may have collapsed.
I was [originally] on the eleventh floor. You just called us. They asked us to finish and unload some materials. I went down [to the first floor].
"As soon as I came down and started dumping material, I heard a loud pop out of nowhere and it sounded like the building was collapsing … All you see is a lot of smoke."
The investigation into how the stairwell collapsed is ongoing, officials said.
In a tweet, the Houston Fire Department confirmed they had responded to the scene.
"The Houston Fire Dept.'s technical rescue team is actively responding to a #buildingcollapse in West Houston," the post said. Three confirmed deaths, one victim taken to a nearby hospital in stable condition. HFD asks for thoughts and prayers for the victims and their families. & # 39;
The names, age and gender of the victims were not immediately available.
Neither local law enforcement nor Marathon Oil have yet responded to a request from DailyMail.com for comment.
According to the Texan Ministry of Licensing and Regulation, the office building is due to be completed in summer 2021.