Workers may be trapped after building collapse

UPDATE 9/10/08 2:58 p.m.: CHESTER, Va. (AP) -- Authorities near Richmond, Virginia, are afraid as many as 12 workers may be trapped after the collapse of a building under construction.

A fire official says 911 dispatchers were told that a dozen workers were inside when a 60-foot section of the building came down at midday.

Crews are trying to stabilize the rubble before going in. They've brought in sound-sensitive equipment to help detect any movements in the collapsed building while they try to shore it up.

Workers at the scene are also being interviewed. The fire official says crews haven't yet confirmed that anyone is trapped.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


CHESTER, Va. (AP) -- Authorities say part of a building under construction in a Richmond, Va. suburb has collapsed, and as many as 12 workers may be inside.

Chesterfield County Fire Lieutenant Matt Coffin says 911 dispatchers received reports that a dozen workers were inside when a 60-foot-section came crashing down Wednesday.

Crews are at the scene attempting to stabilize the rubble before going inside. Coffin says emergency teams have not determined if anyone is trapped.

The two-story wood structure is part of Chester Village Green, a mixed used development in Chester. The community is about 15 miles south of Richmond.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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