At least five people were injured when a building under construction collapsed amid a strong storm that hit Washington on Thursday, firefighters and relief agencies in the capital of Washington reported.
One of the injured was trapped for an hour and a half under three floors of debris from the structure before rescuers managed to rescue him.
The spokesperson pointed out that the worker suffered “Serious injuries, but not life-threatening”, and confirmed that they have tracked the place with a search dog to make sure that no one was trapped.
In addition to the subject, who worked on the site and whose identity was not disclosed, four other workers were taken to hospitals with minor to serious injuries, according to rescuers.
The incident occurred in the Brightwood Park neighborhood, where homes and businesses are located, and forced the evacuation of two houses near the collapsed construction, indicated the fire department of the District of Columbia, where Washington is located, on its Twitter account.
Update building collapse 900 block Kennedy St NW. #DCsBravest are engaged in active rescue effort to reach and removed 1 trapped worker. We have removed several other workers who were injured & evacuated 2 adjacent homes. pic.twitter.com/qCRvLrgmR7
— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) July 1, 2021
The firefighters also released photographs of the building, which were to be apartments, which was reduced to a wooden mountain and in which what appears to be a roof was observed; as well as a video of the rescuers’ work on the rubble.
The emergency occurred at a time when the search operations for survivors and victims are kept in the rubble of a residential building that collapsed eight days ago in Surfside, in Miami-Dade County (Florida).
The collapse of the building in Miami has so far left 18 dead and 145 missing.
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