UPDATE: 2nd person dead, one still missing in hotel collapse in New Orleans

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) – UPDATE: New Orleans officials say a second person has been killed in the partial collapse of a hotel under construction.

The city’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness released the news on its Twitter feed.

There is still one person missing.

Officials called off the search Saturday night but will resume Sunday morning.

The collapse happened shortly after 9 a.m. Saturday at the site of a planned Hard Rock Hotel at the edge of the historic French Quarter.

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NEW ORLEANS (WSAV) – UPDATE: In a press briefing Saturday, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and fire officials confirmed one fatality in a hotel collapse that happened this morning.

Along with one person dead, there are also three still missing, fire officials said in a Facebook live. Another 18 people were transported to the hospital for treatment.

Officials advised the public that the building is still extremely unstable and asked for people to avoid the area.

This story is developing.

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A large portion of a hotel under construction in New Orleans has suddenly collapsed.

News outlets report several construction workers had to run to safety Saturday as the Hard Rock Hotel, which has been under construction for the last several months, came crashing down.

The New Orleans Fire Department tweeted several photos of the collapse.

It was not immediately clear what caused the collapse or if anyone was injured.

Upper floors began to fall on top of each other before one side of the building fell to the ground below.

WWL-TV aired and tweeted a viewer’s dramatic video of the collapse.

The hotel was scheduled to open in the spring.

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