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12 hurt when structure collapses in Boise, Idaho

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A dozen people were injured Wednesday after a serious collapse at a hangar being built near an airport in Boise, Idaho, a fire official said.

Boise Fire Operations Chief Aaron Hummel would not say if anyone was killed in the collapse and did not provide the conditions of those injured, saying that officials were working to contact family members.

The collapse happened about 5 p.m. at a structure where a rigid steel frame had been erected at Boise Airport, Hummel told reporters. A crane was placing something on the structure at the time of the collapse, he said.

“There was a large-scale collapse of the building, the framework of the building,” he said. “I don’t know what caused it, but I can tell you it was a pretty global collapse.”

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Police and emergency vehicles at the scene of a structure collapse in Boise, Idaho, on Wednesday.Courtesy Terra Furman

The 12 people injured were in or around the building, Hummel said. More than 30 people were at the site when the collapse occurred, he noted.

The effort to get people out of the collapsed structure was a complicated task in some cases, and included using hoists, he said.

The collapse was under investigation Wednesday night, and an Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigator was on the scene, Hummel said.

An airport spokesperson said that while the structure was located on airport property, the project under construction was being done by a private party.



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