One person died in a massive Hard Rock Hotel construction site collapse, three people are missing and 18 have been hospitalized Saturday, WDSUreports.
He called the situation "very dangerous" since the crane, which weighs tons, is not supported.
"It is unsupported and very risky", McConnell said. "We are in the process of evacuating the buildings in the perimeter".
Construction workers look on after a large portion of a hotel under construction suddenly collapsed in New Orleans on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019.
New Orleans Fire Chief Timothy McConnell told reporters there was a "major collapse" of the top six to eight floors of the building, located at the corner of Cala and North Rampart Street.
Another video on social media was taken by someone aboard one of the city's famous streetcars as it approached the site while the building was collapsing.
It was not clear what caused the collapse, which affected the sixth to eighth floors.
Police did not identify the deceased person, who was pronounced dead at the scene.
The building had been under construction for several months now.
"It sounded like a - I don't know how to describe it - like a building coming down", said Matt Worges, according to Nola.com.
"The concrete just started to slide down the side".
Plans for the mixed use development project were first unveiled in February 2018.