A scary scene was captured on video this Saturday morning showing a large portion of the Hard Rock Hotel on Canal Street collapsing onto the road.
Dr. Emily Nichols, the Director of New Orlean's Emergency Medical Services, told reporters that EMS offered to transport 19 people to the hospital; 18 accepted and were transported and one refused.
Authorities said there were no reports of people injured on the ground.
A second piece of the building fell around 10:45 a.m.
Fire and police departments arrived at the scene, with authorities confirming to nola.com that there were multiple casualties, with three people still missing.
"The building is unstable, so a further collapse of the building is still possible", McConnell said. An unsupported crane listed away from the building site.
"It's still a very unsafe situation", he said.
The hotel was scheduled to open in the spring.
Construction plans for the 350-room hotel include a 12,000 square foot event space, two ballrooms and a residential space, according to a news release. One former theater hadn't been touched since before Hurricane Katrina hit the city.
"This remains a very fluid and very unsafe situation, and every few minutes something is falling off of this building", Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said. "And I think we should all be very thankful that pedestrians and motorists on the street were all able to get out safely".
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