Two buildings collapse in Treme, workers injured

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Posted on April 10, 2013 at 12:20 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 10 at 2:32 PM

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NEW ORLEANS -- Two buildings collapsed in the Treme neighborhood, injuring several construction workers who were working on the houses.

The buidlings collapsed near the intersection Governor Nicholls and Treme streets.  The houses, double shotgun-style buildings, collapsed around 11:45 a.m., according to neighbors who reported hearing a loud boom. 

Construction workers were inside the home when the buildings collapsed. Four workers were injured in the collapse.

The two doubles in 1300 block of Governor Nicholls were being renovated by Providence Community Housing, a non-profit turning the houses into nine units for low-income people.

According to a spokesperson for Providence, the workers felt a big wind, heard a big crack and began moving to try and get out of the building. At least two of the workers suffered broken bones, but not life-threatening injuries.

After determining that no one was trapped inside the collapse structures, firefighters assisted EMS with the treatment and transport of the workers injured on the scene.  Four workers were taken to the hospital, according to the NOFD.  One worker sustained a shoulder injury and another worker suffered a broken arm. The nature of the injuries to the other two workers is unknown at this time.

The collapse has been referred to the city’s Department of Code Enforcement, according to the NOFD.
 

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