Collapsed Houston Building Was To Be Inspected

HOUSTON (AP) - A code enforcement official says a building that
collapsed, killing one person and injuring two others, was scheduled to have a structural inspection the next day.

The Houston Chronicle reports authorities said 24-year-old Ramiro Sigala, of Houston, died when the building collapsed Tuesday.

Rescue crews from the Houston Fire Department managed to pull two people from the splintered building, but Sigala died under the rubble.

The injured men, whose names were not released, were taken to Ben Taub General Hospital and St. Joseph Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

A code enforcement official, Gary Bridges, says the inspection was scheduled for yesterday.

The collapsed building was part of a development slated to become a 149-unit single-room-occupancy housing center for the newly homeless.

Investigators with the Occupational Health and Safety Administration were at the site of the accident yesterday afternoon, but declined comment.


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