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Deaths confirmed in ‘mass casualty incident’ in Edwardsville as Amazon warehouse roof collapse caused by severe weather

Deaths confirmed in ‘mass casualty incident’ in Edwardsville as Amazon warehouse roof collapse caused by severe weather… An Amazon warehouse in Edwardsville, Illinois, has collapsed.

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Deaths confirmed in mass casualty incident in Edwardsville as Amazon warehouse roof collapse caused by severe weather
Deaths confirmed in ‘mass casualty incident’ in Edwardsville as Amazon warehouse roof collapse caused by severe weather—

At least 2 deaths have been confirmed.The collapse is due to severe weather hitting the state of Illinois as well as surrounding states.

At least two workers have died after an Amazon warehouse in Edwardsville, Illinois, collapsed due to severe weather, police confirmed Saturday.

The collapse is due to tornadoes and severe storms that ripped through five states: Arkansas, Illinois, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Missouri.

A wall the length of a football field and the roof above it collapsed in the warehouse at 8:33 pm. Rescue teams were on site, combing through the rubble, officials said.

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Speaking at a live press conference early Saturday, Edwardsville Police chief Michael Fillback confirmed there have been at least two deaths, one hospitalization, 3o workers transferred to the Pontoon Beach police station, and a number still unaccounted.

Edwardsville police described the scene as an “active search and recovery.”

Describing the warehouse, Fillback says it is an “utter disaster” with a portion of the building “completely destroyed.”

Photos taken from a drone flying above the building show emergency services working through masses of debris.

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Amazon in a statement to Insider said it was providing support for “employees and partners in the area.”

“We’re deeply saddened by the news that members of our Amazon family passed away as a result of the storm in Edwardsville, IL,” a representative for Amazon said in a statement to Insider.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their loved ones, and everyone impacted by the storm. We also want to thank all the first responders for their ongoing efforts on scene.”

More than 11 emergency service departments from surrounding areas are attending the scene.

A few hours after the event, writing on their Facebook, the Collinsville Emergency Management Agency stated that “subjects were trapped inside” and described the event as a “mass casualty incident.”

“Please be patient with us. Our fire personnel is doing everything they can to reunite everyone with their loved ones,” Fillback said on KMOV-TV.

Insider spoke to a man whose brother-in-law an Amazon worker at the Edwardsville warehouse was missing.

Kevin, who wishes to only go by his first name, describes rushing to the warehouse after picking up his sister and niece as fast as the speed limit let him.

“When we arrived at the area, all roads leading to the location were blocked by emergency services. We sat on the highway for three hours waiting to get to go to the location and pick him up to take him home,” Kevin told Insider.

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They then hurried to the Pontoon Beach police dept where other employees had been taken.

“We had sat here for an hour desperately calling hospitals and police departments in the area trying to locate him. Then his boss had gotten a hold of my sister to tell her that he was unaccounted for.

We kept blowing his phone up, hoping for an answer from him. We’ve called him over 100 times. No luck.”

Kevin, his sister, and his niece are now waiting to hear any news, but he tells Insider that he believes his brother-in-law is dead.

FOX2 spoke to the stepson of an Amazon worker who was missing.

“Our mother is basically hysterical at this point, trying to find out what’s going on. She’s really worried. We’re worried too. At this point, I’m starting to get pretty scared that he got hurt or worse.” said Connor Jones.

Reuters spoke to Sarah Bierman, who was waiting at the warehouse for her husband, an Amazon employee at the site.

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She told a reporter that she hadn’t heard from him since the collapse.

“I just heard through the news and we live in Edwardsville; we lost power. So I decided to come down here to see what was going on, and I had no idea the building looked that bad. And I’m just I’m worried sick.” she said.

Governor JB Pritzker of Illinois tweeted that “[his] prayers are with the people of Edwardsville tonight, and I’ve reached out to the mayor to provide any needed state resources.”

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