A rescue operation is underway in Northwest D.C. as a person has been trapped in the “full collapse” of a building under construction Thursday afternoon, the D.C. Fire and EMS Department said.
A rescue operation is underway in Northwest D.C. as a worker has been trapped in the “full collapse” of a building under construction Thursday afternoon, the D.C. Fire and EMS Department said.
Four workers were injured in the collapse of the building at about 3:30 p.m. in the 900 block of Kennedy Street, just south of Emery Heights Park, and have been taken to hospitals with injuries that Fire Chief John Donnelly called non-life threatening.
Rescuers are communicating with the worker and could see him, Donnelly said.
At least three other buildings have been compromised, fire department spokesman Vito Maggiolo said.
“They’re trying to cut through all the wood … to get to this person,” WTOP’s Mike Murillo said from the scene.
Murillo said they were concentrating on one specific area of the house, indicating that they knew only one worker had been trapped.
Chris Geldart, the acting deputy mayor for public safety, said the foreman said he could account for all his workers but one.
He added that 10 to 12 firefighters are standing by, as well as medics.
Major collapse 900 block Kennedy St NW. Full collapse of a building under construction. 1 person trapped and several others injured. pic.twitter.com/9Uc8UixsFl
— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) July 1, 2021
This report will be updated.
WTOP’s Kate Ryan contributed to this report.
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