New Orleans hotel collapse: Search on for a missing worker
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Rescue crews on Sunday sought to find a worker missing in the rubble of a New Orleans hotel that partially collapsed while under construction, proceeding with caution because the dangerous of working in the unstable building, authorities said.
Officials declined to say if they have any indication whether the missing worker is alive after Saturday’s collapse. New Orleans Fire Chief Tim McConnell said they are treating their work as a rescue mission until they have evidence the missing person is dead along with two other people killed when a large part of the Hard Rock Hotel project crashed down near the city’s historic French Quarter.
“Safety is the number one thing. The last thing you want to do when you are trying to rescue somebody is lose someone else,” McConnell said at a news conference Sunday.
Several floors of the hotel toppled down Saturday amid blinding dust and flying debris. WWL-TV obtained a viewer’s dramatic video of upper floors collapsing Saturday before one side of the building crashed to the street.