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UPDATE: Workers in 2 homes during collapse at riverfront project

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Part of the collpased building under construction can be seen at lower right. Photo by Matt Barbour/WRCBtv.com Part of the collpased building under construction can be seen at lower right. Photo by Matt Barbour/WRCBtv.com
Source: Chattanooga Fire Department Source: Chattanooga Fire Department
Source: Chattanooga Fire Department Source: Chattanooga Fire Department
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - A construction worker is recovering in the hospital after a home he was working on collapsed. Several of his co-workers were injured too. The collapse happened a little after 10 o'clock Monday morning at the new $100 million Cameron Harbor development along the Chattanooga riverfront. Two of the homes came crashing down and a third will have to be torn down.

"It could have been a lot worse," says Bruce Garner with the Chattanooga Fire Department.Roof lines that were once part of the framing for large three-story homes, now sit at ground level. Monday morning two homes in the Cameron Harbor development snapped like match sticks as crews worked on them.     

"It's really pretty dramatic. If you get down pretty close you can see, if the building looked like the one that's still standing, it's really quite amazing that we didn't have more serious injuries than what we had," says Garner.

First responders say several construction workers walked away with minor cuts and bruises. One worker had to be transported to the hospital with an injured leg.

"It's a large project. It's an important project. It is a setback but one that we're committed to fixing and getting it right," says Aaron White.

Aaron White, one of the developers for the project, is with Evergreen Real Estate out of Nashville. Locally-based HHG Construction is building the riverfront homes.

"We got a lot of wind from one direction right off the river and it just pulled down that partially completed framing," says White.

An up-close look reveals a third home is tilted on its foundation.

"We're actually going to go ahead and take it down to its foundation just out of an abundance of caution."

White wants to assure those who have already bought in to the development their homes will be safe.

"We're not just going to chalk it up to bad luck. We're also going to hire an independent, third-party engineer to review all of the construction best practices and the end-product to make sure this doesn't happen again and make sure we build the highest quality homes possible," says White.

Phase one of the Cameron Harbor development is sold out. The single family homes range in price from $300,000 to $500,000.



UPDATE: Several workers at the Cameron Harbor construction site on Molly Lane were injured when two of the residential structures completely collapsed.

When Chattanooga firefighters arrived they determined that none of the workers were trapped in the debris and no rescue operation would be necessary.

Several workers had minor bruises and abrasions, but one worker had more serious injuries and was transported by Hamilton County EMS to a local hospital, where his condition was being assessed.

In addition to the two structures that collapsed, a third structure appeared to be unstable, leaning to one side. 

Representatives with the city's building inspection office were called in to examine the third building and help determine a course of action to render the scene safe. 

The decision was made to demolish the third structure with a track-hoe.


PREVIOUS STORY: A partial building collapse at a construction site along the Tennessee River scrambled first responders Monday morning.

The construction site is located on Molly Lane near Cameron Hill.

The project is part of a $100 million mixed-use development along Chattanooga's riverfront, consisting of townhomes, single-family homes, cottages and condominiums.

Bruce Garner, Public Information Director for the Chattanooga Fire Department said that several construction workers sustained minor injuries.

Channel 3 spoke briefly with the construction manager, who said "Thank goodness no one died."
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