Major Rescue Effort After Florida Building Under Construction Collapses, Killing Two

Federal and county investigators continued working Friday to determine why a condominium that was under construction collapsed, killing two workers and injuring five others.


HOBE SOUND, Fla. (AP) -- Federal and county investigators continued working Friday to determine why a condominium that was under construction collapsed, killing two workers and injuring five others.

Martin County sheriff's office spokeswoman Jenell Atlas said another six men who were working on the building being constructed in the Tranquility subdivision were not injured in the collapse, which occurred shortly after 6 p.m. Thursday.

Fire rescue and construction crews used cranes to sort through rubble at the site and found the bodies of the two killed workers early Friday morning, Atlas said. Their names were not immediately released, nor were those of five other workers who were taken to hospitals with undisclosed injuries.

Part of the third floor of the town house fell down to the first floor, trapping some workers inside the incomplete structure.

Friends and family members of the workers gathered at the scene overnight, praying and hugging as the search continued.

Workers combed through a jumbled pile of wrecked building forms and slumped concrete, with rescue workers gingerly picking through the rubble. Most of the workers at the site were pouring and smoothing concrete for the third floor when it fell without warning.

Some workers were still emerging from the tangled mass of metal and concrete as rescuers arrived.

The victims worked for Macs Construction in Delray Beach, Atlas said. The town house is owned by Allied Capital and Development LLC.

Hobe Sound is 22 miles north of West Palm Beach.

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