At least six people died and one was injured that Saturday in a warehouse belonging to the American company Amazon, which collapsed in the city of Edwardsville, Illinois as a result of tornadoes in several states of the United States’ territory.
Edwardsville Fire Chief James Whiteford confirmed at a press conference that 45 people were able to leave the building before it collapsed. The victims were found in two different locations, although the rescue workers have not yet finished their work.
The city’s fire department reportedly had difficulty accessing the building due to a gas leak, which ruptured the pipes and flooded part of the building.
“For a number of reasons, the warehouse does not have an accurate count of how many people were in the building at the time of the storm, so we have yet to determine how many may be missing,” Whiteford said.
In addition, the fire chief of the city said that the building had collapsed “inward” due to the weight of the 27 centimeter thick concrete walls and the height of the warehouse of 40 meters, as the CNN chain reports.
The number has increased as the security forces carried out work on site. Shortly after the incident, city police chief Mike Fillback confirmed at a press conference the first dead and two injured to be admitted to hospitals in the city of San Luis, Missouri.
“It was a very severe meteorological event,” he said, adding that there was a lot of rubble following the incident as the building was mostly made of steel and concrete, according to NBC news channel.