THE LATEST: Here's what we know about the building collapse
According to Houston Fire Department, the partial collapse is in the area of Town & Country Boulevard near the I-10 Katy Freeway.
The incident was first reported just after 1:30 p.m.
WATCH: SkyEye captures the first images from the partial collapse - Oct. 5, 2020 at around 2 p.m.
Initial information from HFD indicated injuries from the incident, but Assistant Fire Chief Ruy Lozano said there were fatalities.
According to Lozano, one other person was rescued and taken to the hospital. The collapse appeared to involve newly constructed stairs, starting at the 13th or 14th floor of the 15-story building.
Lozano said the building was too unstable for them to go inside.
Still, according to Lozano, 240 construction workers were on the site at the time of the collapse. All workers have been accounted for.
@HoustonFire Dept. Technical Rescue Team is actively responding to a #buildingcollapse in West Houston. Three confirmed fatalities, one victim transported to nearby hospital in stable condition. HFD asks for thought and prayers for the victims and their family. @FireChiefofHFD pic.twitter.com/goGiZ4Fnso— Houston Fire Dept (@HoustonFire) October 5, 2020
The building under construction is for Houston-based Marathon Oil's new headquarters, according to the company's website.
A company spokesperson offered a statement in the wake of the incident:
"We are saddened to learn that an accident occurred at the construction site for the future Houston headquarters of Marathon Oil. We extend our deepest sympathies to the families of those contractors who were affected and thank the first responders. We have offered our assistance to the building contractors as they respond to this accident."
ABC13 also learned that Harvey Builders were hired to take on the project, with subcontractor East Texas Precast and development manager Hines as part of it. A company spokesperson also gave a statement after the collapse.
"Harvey Builders is working with the Houston Fire Department, our subcontractor East Texas Precast, and Hines, the project's development manager, to investigate a fatal accident involving the collapse of a stairway on the construction site of the future Houston headquarters of Marathon Oil. Construction is an inherently dangerous activity and in recognition of this Harvey and its subcontractors observe very strict protocols on every project. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with each of the families involved during this difficult time."
The incident is near the CityCentre shopping district, which is not too far from the I-10/Beltway 8 interchange.
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