At least eight people were hurt when a six-story apartment building in Davenport, Iowa, partially collapsed on May 28 Sunday, night, according to the police.
On Monday morning, Davenport Fire Chief Mike Carlsten stated that “We are currently finishing the rescue phase of our operation and soon it will become a recovery operation.” To assist, canines were brought in.
According to Carlsten and Davenport Mayor Mike Matsen, first responders who rushed in at their own risk saved lives. The collapse happened on Sunday just before 5 o’clock local time. It was not immediately obvious what caused the failure.
According to officials, seven individuals were initially saved, and another one was taken out overnight. More than a dozen more people needed to be led out of the structure because they were “self-evacuating,” said Carlsten.
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The assistance of specialized rescue squads aided the search for the debris. According to The Quad-City Times, an air ambulance landed nearby on Sunday night.
One tenant reported a terrifying scenario to the newspaper, claiming she could escape as “everything just fell down and everything fell on top of me” but that her wife and their animals were still inside.
Firefighting personnel discovered a “large natural gas leak,” Carlsten stated. The Times said that gas and water lines to the building had been turned off and that water was reportedly pouring down from busted pipes.
The fire department raised concerns regarding the building’s overall structural stability.
Carlsten stated, “Even while we were on scene, we still had multiple secondary drops of debris coming from that structure. We want to make sure all our responders can are able to process through in a safe manner, but we still want to get through there as quickly as possible.”
According to officials, the building’s owner had obtained permits to repair the brick outer walls. According to inspectors, the owners had two more licenses for external brickwork issued during the previous year. Over the past week, reports of falling bricks from those repairs have been made.
Several tenants have called the city to voice their complaints about various issues with the building. One official reported that the building owner had received notices and orders to make repairs.
Along the eastern portion of the state’s border with Illinois, Davenport is located roughly 70 miles from Cedar Rapids.
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