HALTOM CITY (CBSDFW.COM) – Police in Haltom City are reporting that one person died and two people were injured when the ceiling of a vacant warehouse collapsed on Thursday morning. The incident happened at around 9:00 a.m. in the 5700 block of Airport Freeway.
According to authorities, workers were inside on the lower level of the two-story building when the second floor collapsed on top of them.
A spokesperson with MedStar called this a “heavy rescue” situation. An emergency response team of police officers, firefighters and paramedics could be seen around the building, assisting in the rescue efforts. Officials said that the debris consisted of steel and concrete.
“Technical rescue is a slow, methodical operation, simply because of the dangers involved in it,” explained Deputy Chief Fred Napp with Haltom City Fire/Rescue. “You don’t know why the ceiling collapsed. There’s lots of hazards that you have to try to take into consideration, and work to mitigate those, get no one else hurt, and to get the people that are trapped out.”
One body was recovered during the search. He has been identified as 28-year-old Julio Menendez. The two injured workers were treated at the scene for minor injuries.
Haltom City Fire/Rescue officials said that the warehouse was recently sold and was in the process of being renovated.
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