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Video shows dramatic aftermath of building collapse in Iowa

A ninth person has now been rescued from the collapsed apartment building in Davenport, Iowa, after she managed to call her daughter and alert authorities to her whereabouts.

Lisa Brooks was found on the fourth floor of the building on Monday, with firefighters rescuing her by bucket ladder and taking her to hospital for an evaluation.

The miraculous rescue comes as officials are planning to demolish the building on Tuesday – despite residents saying that at least two men are still unaccounted for. Family members and local residents have been searching for Branden Colvin and Ryan Hitchcock, who have not been seen since the building partially collapsed on Sunday.

The transition into a recovery phase and plans for the demolition were announced on Monday afternoon but in a later news release, the timeline was vague.

On Tuesday morning, a crowd gathered in front of the building with signs reading “Corruption Collapses Communities” and chanting “Save Branden, save Ryan!”

The transition into a recovery phase and plans for the demolition were announced on Monday afternoon but in a Tuesday news release, the timeline was vague.

“In the interest of public safety, the City has been continually evaluating the timing of the demolition of 324 Main Street since its initial collapse 36 hours ago,” a city strategy officer told KWQC in a statement.

“Demolition is a multi-phase process that includes permitting and staging of equipment that will begin today. The timing of the physical demolition of the property is still being evaluated. The building remains structurally insecure and in imminent danger of collapse.”

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Andrea Blanco30 May 2023 16:16

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Tenant dramatically rescued more than 24 hours after collapse

Nine people have been rescued from the wreckage as of Tuesday morning and no deaths have been reported, according to Davenport Fire Chief Michael Carlsten.

The ninth person rescued was Lisa Brooks, The Quad-City Times reported early Tuesday, more than 24 hours after the collapse — and following statements by Mr Carlsten on Monday evening that “no one was believed to be trapped” under the wreckage.

Her granddaughter Pauletta Joeanna had previously told The Independent that Ms Brooks, who lived in apartment 403, was on the phone with another relative when the building collapsed.

Ms Joeanna posted dramatic video of Ms Brooks’ rescue on Facebook.

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Andrea Blanco30 May 2023 15:54

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City officials to hold press conference

Authorities will address the community at 10am CDT.

Andrea Blanco30 May 2023 15:38

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Timing of physical demolition unclear

In a statement to KWQC, a city strategy officer said:

“In the interest of public safety, the City has been continually evaluating the timing of the demolition of 324 Main Street since its initial collapse 36 hours ago.”

“Demolition is a multi-phase process that includes permitting and staging of equipment that will begin today. The timing of the physical demolition of the property is still being evaluated. The building remains structurally insecure and in imminent danger of collapse.”

Andrea Blanco30 May 2023 15:32

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Protesters decry demolition plans: ‘Save Branden, save Ryan!’

City officials acknowledged that the Davenport Police Department has yet to account for all known residents of the building in a news release Monday night.

Yet, plans to demolish the building continued amid protests by family members concerned that their loved ones could still be under the rubble.

The release did not indicate how many people are unaccounted for, but two men, Ryan Hitchcock and Branden Colvin, are feared by family members to still be in the building, The Times reported.

On Tuesday morning, a crowd gathered in front of the building with signs reading “Corruption Collapses Communities” and chanting “Save Branden, save Ryan!”

Andrea Blanco30 May 2023 15:23

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Locals demand officials hold off on demolition plans as people remain missing

Locals demand demolition plans put on hold as people remain missing

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Rachel Sharp30 May 2023 15:00

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Two men believed missing in collapsed building – but officials plan to demolish it today

Residents say that at least two men are still unaccounted for following the collapse of the apartment building.

Family members and local residents have been searching for Branden Colvin and Ryan Hitchcock, who have not been seen since the building partially collapsed on Sunday.

Officials meanwhile claim that there is no credible evidence of anyone still missing and are planning to demolish the dwelling on Tuesday.

Some residents announced on social media that they are planning to protest at the site on Tuesday morning to stop the demolition going ahead while people could still be trapped inside.

Rachel Sharp30 May 2023 14:30

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Demolition to begin today

Municipal council member Kyle Gripp said in an update on Monday evening that the building is not salvageable and will be torn down on Tuesday. No residents will be allowed back into the building before demolition begins due to its unstable condition.

“The owner of the property has been served with a notice and order for demolition of the property,” Mr Gripp said.

“The property is currently being secured by a contractor on site this afternoon and demolition is expected to commence in the morning.”

Andrea Blanco30 May 2023 14:00

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Ninth person rescued from collapsed building

A ninth person has reportedly been rescued from the wreckage of a building collapse in Davenport, Iowa – hours after officials claimed no one was known to be trapped and began laying plans for demolition.

The rescue of Lisa Brooks was reported by The Quad-City Times early Tuesday morning. Her family said she had been unaccounted for since a large section of the six-storey red brick apartment complex collapsed around 5pm Sunday.

City officials acknowledged that the Davenport Police Department has yet to account for all known residents of the building in a news release Monday night.

The release did not indicate how many people are unaccounted for, but Ms Brooks is presumed to have been on the list.

Rachel Sharp30 May 2023 13:30

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