5 Declared Missing As 6-Storey Building Collapses In US

No fewer than two people have been confirmed to be missing and the whereabouts of three more were unknown after rescue efforts were made to pull out survivors at an apartment building that partially collapsed in eastern Iowa over the weekend, officials have disclosed. 

At least a dozen people were initially escorted out of the six-storey building when part of it collapsed in Davenport on Sunday afternoon, and seven others were rescued in the first hour of a search, Chief Michael Carlsten of the Davenport Fire Department, said at a news conference on Tuesday. An eighth person was found in a secondary search, he said, and a ninth on Monday night.

On Thursday morning, Mayor Mike Matson revealed that five individuals were still missing, including two who were believed to be inside the building. Officials did not say where the other three people may be. There have been no fatalities reported. The cause of the collapse was still being looked into.

On Tuesday morning, dozens of people demonstrated outside the building, fearing that the structure might be razed before the missing persons were recovered.

Read Also: Missing APGA Guber Aspirant Found Dead In Enugu

Officials said that they were trying to find them while also trying to keep emergency medical workers safe because the building could collapse at any time.

Davenport’s fire marshal, James Morris, became emotional as he talked about how two people could still be inside the unstable building.

‘It’s extremely difficult when you can’t run up to a pile of bricks and rocks, and just start throwing things off,’ he said. ‘As much as we want to. We want to get everyone out and we want to do it right now.’

Officials said they were constantly evaluating whether the building would need to come down in a controlled demolition and how to make the area safe for another search by emergency medical workers.

On Monday, after city officials said at a news conference that they did not know of any remaining people in the building, a woman was found alive later that day. She had been hiding under a couch in a portion of the building that appeared to still be intact, according to NBC News.

The mayor said on Monday that firefighters and emergency medical workers saved lives by rushing into the building, which has 84 residential and commercial units.

Firefighters discovered a large natural gas leak and a water leak at the building, but the cause of the collapse was not immediately known, Chief Carlsten said on Monday.

Rich Oswald, the city’s director of development and neighborhood services, said at the news conference on Tuesday that a structural engineer had provided a report to the city in January and last week to show that the building was “structurally sound.”

Africa Today News, New York

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *