3 dead, others seriously injured as structure collapses in Boise, Idaho

Three people died and nine others were injured Wednesday in a serious collapse of a hangar under construction at an airport in Boise, Idaho, firefighters said.

The names of the dead, all of whom authorities said died at the scene, were not immediately released. Five of the nine injured were in critical condition, according to firefighters. said in a statement.

The collapse occurred around 5 p.m. on a structure where a rigid steel structure had been erected at the Boise airport, Boise Fire Operations Chief Aaron Hummel told reporters. A crane was placing something on the structure at the time of the collapse, he said.

“There was a large-scale collapse of the building, the frame of the building,” he said. “I don’t know what caused this, but I can tell you it’s a pretty global collapse.”

building collapse (courtesy of Terra Furman)

A total of twelve people were injured, some of whom died, firefighters said. They were in or around the building at the time of the collapse, Hummel said.

More than 30 people were at the scene at the time, he said, adding that everyone was accounted for.

Efforts to get people out of the collapsed structure were complicated in some cases and required the use of freight elevators, he said.

The collapse was under investigation Wednesday evening and an investigator with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration was on scene, Hummel said.

Boise Airport Director Rebecca Hupp said that although the structure was on airport property, the project was not an airport project and construction was being done by a private party. This was an early stage project that only had a framework.

The collapse occurred in a new 39,000-square-foot steel hangar west of the existing Jackson Jet Center, the company said. The Jackson Jet Center offers private flights and other services.

“Tonight, our thoughts are with everyone affected by this horrific event, especially those whose loved ones were on site when this tragedy occurred,” the company said.

He thanked the efforts of the Boise Fire Department,…

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