First responders at the scene of Idaho building collapse
Police and fire crews conduct search and rescue efforts Wednesday after a building collapsed near Boise Airport. CREDIT: Cody Ard via Storyful
A building collapsed in the vicinity of an Idaho airport Wednesday evening left three people dead and nine others injured, according to Boise fire officials.
The Boise Fire Department said first responders were on the scene at West Rickenbacker and Luke streets around 5 p.m. local time.
The structure, a privately-owned hangar that was under construction, was located on Boise Airport property near the airfield, Boise Fire Division Chief Aaron Hummel told reporters at the scene.
“It was a pretty global collapse that occurred,” he said. “It was fairly catastrophic.”
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First responders at the scene of a building collapse in Boise, Idaho, on Wednesday. (Terra Furman/LOCAL NEWS X /TMX )
The department said late Wednesday night that three people died at the scene and nine others were injured, five of them critically.
The collapse of the building also caused a crane to fall, Hummel said.
“Tonight, there was a catastrophic collapse of a metal structure at a construction site. First responders found a hectic scene and worked to secure and rescue victims,” Hummel said. “The Boise Airport, City of Boise, and all first responders extend their deepest sympathies to those impacted.”
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The site of the collapse is secure and there is no threat to the public, but Wright Street will remain closed throughout the night, Boise fire announced.
Hummel added that he was not aware of what company operated the collapsed structure.
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The airport wasn’t impacted, but the incident was causing traffic issues on Interstate 84, the Idaho State Police said.
The cause of the collapse is under investigation.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
Louis Casiano is a reporter for Fox News Digital. Story tips can be sent to [email protected].