At least six individuals have been confirmed dead following the collapse of an Amazon (AMZN) warehouse facility after substantial structural damage caused by an EF-3 tornado on Friday, December 10, according to the Edwardsville Fire Department in Illinois.
Tornadoes swept over six states in the United States on Friday night, wreaking havoc on homes and businesses for more than 200 miles.
45 individuals escaped the structure, with one being taken to a regional hospital for treatment, Edwardsville Fire Chief James Whiteford said during a Saturday night news conference.
“Earlier this afternoon, the incident’s response phase was concluded, and we are now entirely concentrating on recovery,” Whiteford said.
The recovery phase is scheduled to last three additional days, during which time first responders will continue to “examine the scene for signs of life,” he said.
Amazon Worldwide Consumer CEO Dave Clark expressed sadness for the deaths at the site and elsewhere.
“Our hearts go out to the victims, their families, and everyone who has been impacted by the storm’s journey across the United States.
We’re continuing to give assistance to our employees and partners in the area and throughout the storm-affected towns.
Additionally, we want to express our gratitude to all first responders for their continued efforts on the scene “Clark stated as much in a tweet.
According to the chief, around 150 yards of the structure fell following the tornado’s touchdown at 8:35 p.m. CT on Friday.
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker stated that he had met with President Biden and Deanne Criswell, the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, as well as an Amazon representative.
Mr. Pritzker stated that he pushed the corporation to “give all support possible to this community, as they have stated they will.”