House collapse in Lakeview neighborhood in New Orleans

(Source: WWL-TV)
(Source: WWL-TV)

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WWL-TV) - According to WWL-TV in New Orleans, five people were taken to a hospital after a house in the Lakeview area in New Orleans collapsed.

The house is near Mound Avenue and Catina Street. It happened around 11:30 a.m.

WWL-TV reports say the house was being shored at the time.

The subcontractor told WWL-TV that five men were working on the house at the time of the collapse and that they felt something shift, and the back and side of the house collapsed.

The five men were all transported to the hospital, at least two of them with broken bones, including a fractured leg and broken hand.

The house had been elevated for two months and it appears there is termite damage and rotten wood near the base of the exterior walls, which may have led to the collapse.

An investigation into the collapse is underway.

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