Two Trapped In Downtown Sioux Falls Building Collapse

New details in sudden collapse of downtown building

Sioux Falls Fire Rescue crews continue to release information on the building collapse at 10th Street and Phillips Avenue Friday morning.

Officials say one of the two people trapped has been identified as a tenant of the building. Crews have been able to make contact with her and are communicating via telephone. They say the other person trapped under the debris is a construction worker. It is less clear to crews at this time where he’s located inside the building.

Crews have blocked off Phillips Ave. between 9th and 11th Streets, as well as 10th St. from 2nd Ave. to Main Ave. Sioux Falls Fire Rescue tweeted that these sections are closed “indefinitely,” and that sidewalk barricades are also expected to last through the weekend or longer. The structure that collapsed is still considered unstable.

Sioux Falls Fire Rescue Chief Jim Sideras says crews are specially trained for building collapse situations and multiple teams are on site. Sideras says materials like nails and glass are only some risks present. Gas and electricity connections can also pose threats. Temperature is also a concern, with those trapped at risk for hypothermia.

The building, formerly The Copper Lounge, was under construction, with plans to replace the lounge with a Lewis Drug in the spring of 2017.

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