Apartment Building Collapses in Davenport, Iowa; 8 Rescued

Apartment Building Collapses in Davenport, Iowa; 8 Rescued

At least eight people were hurt when a six-story apartment building in Davenport, Iowa, partially collapsed on Sunday night, according to the police.

Davenport Fire Chief Mike Carlsten stated on Monday morning that “we are currently finishing the rescue phase of our operation and it will soon become a recovery operation.” To assist, canines were brought in.

First responders who rushed in at their own risk saved lives, according to Carlsten and Davenport Mayor Mike Matsen.

According to Carlsten, the collapse happened on Sunday just before 5 o’clock local time. It was not immediately obvious what caused the collapse.

According to officials, seven individuals were initially saved, and a further one was taken out overnight. More than a dozen more people needed to be led out of the structure because they were “self-evacuating,” according to Carlsten.

Along with those that were saved, more than a dozen more had to be guided from the building as they were “self-evacuating,” according to Carlsten.

The search for the debris was aided by the assistance of specialized rescue squads.

On Sunday night, according to The Quad-City Times, an air ambulance landed nearby.

The tweet below confirms the news:

Tenant Escapes Terrifying Building Collapse

One tenant reported a terrifying scenario to the newspaper, claiming she was able to 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.

Concerns regarding the building’s overall structural stability were raised by the fire department.

Carlsten stated, “We still had many secondary drops of debris coming from that structure even while we were on location. “We still want to get through there as quickly as we can, but we want to make sure all our responders can process through in a safe manner.”

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According to officials, the building’s owner had obtained permits for repairs to be made to 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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