- Title: Family of missing keep vigil after New Orleans building collapse
- Date: 13th October 2019
- Summary: NEW ORLEANS, UNITED STATES (OCTOBER 12, 2019) (REUTERS) POLICE CAR AT SCENE OF COLLAPSED BUILDING / CRANES ABOVE BUILDING POLICE CAR AT SCENE WITH BYSTANDERS WATCHING FROM BEHIND CORDON COLLAPSED BUILDING WITH CRANES ABOVE IT FAMILY OF MISSING MAN, ANTHONY MAGRETTE, KEEPING VIGIL OUTSIDE BUILDING CANDLES PLACED AT SCENE FAMILY OF MISSING MAN, ANTHONY MAGRETTE, KEEPING VIGIL AT SCENE CRANES ABOVE COLLAPSED BUILDING VARIOUS OF DAMAGE TO COLLAPSED BUILDING BYSTANDERS LOOKING AT COLLAPSED BUILDING
- Embargoed: 27th October 2019 03:50
- Keywords: New Orleans building collapse Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards Hard Rock International
- Location: NEW ORLEANS, UNITED STATES
- City: NEW ORLEANS, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Topics: Disaster/Accidents
- Reuters ID: LVA001B0SL5QF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: One person was killed and at least 18 injured in New Orleans on Saturday (October 12) when part of a Hard Rock Hotel under construction collapsed, filling a street with wreckage and clouds of dust.
Video of the collapse was widely shared on social media and the fire department posted photos of the aftermath showing crumpled floors and tangles of broken construction materials.
Local media had reported three people were missing, however a Fire service spokesperson confirmed to Reuters locally that this had been reduced to two after one missing man was located in a local hospital.
Emergency services were using rescue dogs and drones to search for any more victims, as a family of one missing man, Anthony Magrette, lit candles and kept vigil at the scene as the search continued in to the evening.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards urged residents and visitors alike to avoid the area.
"This remains a very fluid and very dangerous situation," he told reporters at the scene. "Every few minutes something is falling off of this building."
Hard Rock International said it was to be the future manager of the hotel and has no involvement in its construction.
"We want to extend our deepest sympathies to victims of this tragic accident and to their loved ones and friends," the company said in a statement.
(Production: Vin Shahreastani, Martin Veal)
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