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One killed, 5 hurt when unfinished Dallas townhouse collapses

The Associated Press
One killed, 5 hurt when unfinished Dallas townhouse collapses

DALLAS — A construction worker is dead and five co-workers are hospitalized with injuries after a three-storey townhouse they were building in Dallas collapsed during a thunderstorm.

The collapse happened about 4 p.m. Monday about 1.6 kilometres west of the city’s downtown.

Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans says 20 to 30 people were working in and around the wood-frame structure when it collapsed, trapping six workers.

One worker died at the scene, while five others were taken to hospitals. Evans says their injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.

The cause of the collapse remains under investigation. However, the National Weather Service reported wind gusts exceeding 97 km/h and a rainfall rate of four inches per hour in the vicinity.

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