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US New Orleans Hard Rock Hotel: It's been 3 months since the collapse, and the bodies of those killed are still there

08:40  23 january  2020
08:40  23 january  2020 Source:   cnn.com

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A Hard Rock Hotel and Casino building under construction in downtown New Orleans partially collapsed on Saturday, killing at least one person and We have not been able to identify the three individuals," Cantrell told local station WWL-TV. The bodies were spotted by search teams inspecting

The upper floors of the Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans suddenly began to crumble on Saturday, its concrete floors collapsing on top of each other.

It's been more than three months since the Hard Rock Hotel construction site collapsed in New Orleans. The crumbled building sticks out as an eyesore on the edge of the city's historic French Quarter as Mardi Gras celebrations approach. But what's even more horrific is that the bodies of two workers killed in the collapse have still not been recovered.

The victims are 63-year-old Jose Ponce Arreola and 36-year-old Quinnyon Wimberly.

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Hard Rock hotel was under construction in Louisiana city and site still considered unstable after one side of building falls to ground. This article is more than 3 months old. New Orleans officials said late on Saturday a second person had been killed in the partial collapse of a hotel under construction.

Crews in New Orleans are trying to rescue two workers trapped in the wreckage of a Hard Rock Hotel 1 person killed and multiple injured in New Orleans building collapse . McConnell said there is a "very strong possibility of further collapse " and compared the damage to that of an earthquake.

The outcry to recover the two bodies reignited this week after a tarp meant to conceal one of the bodies was blown away by the wind, exposing the body to the public.

Pictures of the victim's legs sticking out amid the twisted steel quickly began circulating around Twitter, prompting Mayor LaToya Cantrell's office to urge the public to stop sharing them.

"To be clear: capturing or sharing images of the victims in such a condition is irresponsible, it is indefensible, and it is not who we are as New Orleanians," a statement from Cantrell's office read, adding, "we urge news outlets, residents, and social media users to have nothing to do with making a tragic situation needlessly worse."

The city has blamed the building's instability for its delayed efforts.

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NEW ORLEANS — The partially collapsed Hard Rock Hotel at the edge of the French Quarter was already the site of tragedy — and, for several months as the A number of lawsuits have since been filed against the developers. One, filed on behalf of people who say they were injured in the collapse

The body of a construction worker killed by debris during the collapse of a Hard Rock Hotel in Body of construction worker trapped in debris of New Orleans ' Hard Rock Hotel is exposed after Bodies of Jose Ponce Arreola, 63, and Quinnyon Wimberly, 36, cannot be recovered safely ahead of

"The condition of the building and the altitude above street level complicate efforts to replace the tarp, as they have prevented recovery thus far," Cantrell's office said in today's statement.

The collapse and recovery efforts

Initial recovery efforts for the remaining bodies were delayed as winds caused two cranes towering over the construction site to move, raising concerns that it could cause more of the building to collapse.

Then on October 20, the two cranes were toppled with strategically placed explosives.

a tall building in a city: FILE - This Oct. 12, 2019, file photo, shows damage of a partial collapse at the Hard Rock Hotel under construction in New Orleans. New Orleans officials say an unstable hotel building that partially collapsed while under construction last fall will be imploded. Officials say the implosion is expected as early as mid-March. Implosion had been considered, then rejected in the weeks after the Oct. 12 collapse at the planned Hard Rock Hotel. But officials said Friday they've revived the implosion plan. It's deemed safer than having workers on site taking the structure apart. And it means work will be done sooner. Demolition had been expected to last until December. Three workers died in the collapse. The remains of two remain in the wreckage.  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)© Gerald Herbert/AP FILE - This Oct. 12, 2019, file photo, shows damage of a partial collapse at the Hard Rock Hotel under construction in New Orleans. New Orleans officials say an unstable hotel building that partially collapsed while under construction last fall will be imploded. Officials say the implosion is expected as early as mid-March. Implosion had been considered, then rejected in the weeks after the Oct. 12 collapse at the planned Hard Rock Hotel. But officials said Friday they've revived the implosion plan. It's deemed safer than having workers on site taking the structure apart. And it means work will be done sooner. Demolition had been expected to last until December. Three workers died in the collapse. The remains of two remain in the wreckage. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

"We know that we are safer now than we have been in the past eight days," Cantrell said at the time, with city officials noting that crews would restart their search for the two bodies.

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Hard Rock Hotel , which is under construction in New Orleans , collapsed Saturday morning. One person is dead and three are still missing after part of the Hard Rock hotel that is under Provided of the collapsed Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans by Howie Schnee, who took the photo from Jung

The owners of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in New Orleans that partially collapsed last month , killing three “We cannot find anyone to say that it ’ s safe to destroy it in any other manner,” Fire Chief Tim The bodies of two victims have not been recovered and remain in the unstable wreckage.

But it's been more than three months since the collapse on October 12, and the bodies are still yet to be recovered.

For months, city officials have been contemplating back and forth on whether to implode the building or demolish it piece by piece.

Last week, city officials announced the building would be imploded in March.

"This is absolutely the safest way to take this down," New Orleans Fire Department Chief Tim McConnell said.

Recovering the remains would be "the next step" after implosion, Cantrell said, but she noted that all parties, including the owner of the Hard Rock development and the victims' families, agreed to the plan.

"I have assured the families that we will get their remains and that will be the next step... It's removing our people, which has always been my top priority, Cantrell said.

a car parked on a city street: Two cranes at the Hard Rock Hotel construction site were toppled in October.© WVUE Two cranes at the Hard Rock Hotel construction site were toppled in October.

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