1 Worker Feared Dead, 4 Injured in Cincinnati Building Collapse

Cincinnati Fire and Urban Search and Rescue Teams are digging through the rubble of a construction site searching for one worker, following the partial collapse of a building on 4th street in Downtown Cincinnati, Monday afternoon.

WXIX/Gray News reports that 4 other workers were injured in the incident. Fire Chief Roy Winston said at least two of the workers were taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and one went to Christ Hospital.

All were treated for their injuries and released.

Chief Winston told reporters that the workers were on the fifth floor of the building when it collapsed about 1 p.m. Concrete was being poured on the sixth floor when it became too heavy, and the roof above the workers collapsed.

A building manager nearby said: “I heard a loud noise outside and I looked across, saw the construction workers looking up, and at the same time I saw beams of metal falling down.” 

3CDC is the developer for the future building’s commercial space and the garage, which was topped out last month, according to a release. Flaherty & Collins, 3CDC says, is developing the apartments above, with Turner Construction serving as the general contractor for the entire project.

Emergency crews remain on the scene conducting interviews and investigating. Hamilton County Urban Search and Rescue is also on the scene.