CHUBBUCK — One construction worker died and another was injured when the future home of the newly formed North Bannock County Fire Department collapsed early Tuesday afternoon north of Chubbuck.
The Bannock County Sheriff’s Office said it appears that strong winds caused the under construction building to collapse, with its roof falling on the two adult male victims.
The building is located northwest of the intersection of Highway 91 and Tyhee Road.
The names of the deceased individual and his injured co-worker have not yet been released. The Sheriff’s Office said both men were working for the company constructing the building when it appears that powerful gusts caused the structure to collapse.
Two of the building’s walls collapsed during the incident and another is on the verge of collapsing, authorities said.
With only one wall left standing, the Sheriff’s Office said it appears that the building is likely a total loss and will need to be completely rebuilt.
About 15 construction workers were working on the building when it collapsed.
The incident triggered a massive emergency response, with numerous ambulances and fire trucks converging on the scene.
Both victims were transported via ambulances to Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello following the incident. A condition update on the injured worker has not yet been released.
Part of the building was going to be used as the newly formed North Bannock County Fire Department’s first fire station. It’s unclear what the rest of the building was going to house.
North Bannock County residents overwhelmingly voted in favor of providing $500,000 in annual funding via increased property taxes to the newly formed fire department earlier this month.
North Bannock County Fire Department officials have not yet commented on the collapse of the building that would have housed their first fire station.
The Bannock County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating the building collapse.