PG&E power plant collapses during demolition
One dead, two seriously injured
One man is dead and two other workers were seriously injured today
after a four-story boiler on the South-East corner of a former
working PG&E power plant
in Hunters Point collapsed during demolition.
File photo by Luke
By Ashley Wright
January 28, 2008
One person is dead and two have been injured this afternoon
by a four-story high boiler that collapsed in a former Pacific
Gas and Electric Co. power plant, trapping three people who were
working to demolish the old building, fire officials said.
Firefighters are still working to rescue the last construction
worker stuck under the large metal apparatus in the building at
1000 Evans Ave. in the city's Bayview District, fire spokeswoman
Mindy Talmadge said.
One of the workers was extricated almost immediately after the
noontime accident, and taken to San Francisco General Hospital
with life-threatening injuries, Talmadge said.
A second worker located was pronounced dead, she said.
Fire officials have not confirmed if the last person stuck under
the wreckage has been rescued and have not determined the extent
of the worker's injuries.
Construction crews were trying to detach the four-to-five-story
high boiler and surrounding metal beams before the accident occurred,
fire spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said.
Only three members of the construction team were crushed, Talmadge
said. All others have been accounted for and no other injuries
PG&E spokesman David Eisenhauer said that he is not sure
who owns the building, but said work on the property is conducted
by hired contractors as well as PG&E workers.
Eisenhauer said the utility company is aware of the accident,
and added that officials are working to make sure that the structure
is safe and stable.
"Our main concern right now is the folks we hear were injured,"