Building collapse near Chubbuck

The scene of the building collapse that occurred around 12:15 p.m. Tuesday north of Chubbuck. One construction worker died and another was critically injured when the building to be partially used as the newly formed North Bannock County Fire Department’s first fire station collapsed.

UPDATE

The man who died in Tuesday's building collapse near Chubbuck was Peato Peato Galo, 44, of Pocatello, authorities reported on Thursday afternoon. His cause of death was blunt force trauma, authorities said. The condition of the man injured in the building collapse is improving, according to the hospital where he's being treated. Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello said Houston Briscoe, 19, is now in stable condition. Briscoe was originally listed in critical condition at PMC, where he was rushed by ambulance following the building collapse.

ORIGINAL STORY

One construction worker died and another is fighting for his life as a result of a building collapse north of Chubbuck early Tuesday afternoon.

The name of the deceased individual has not yet been released. The injured worker has been identified as Houston Briscoe, age 19. Briscoe is currently listed in critical condition in the intensive care unit at Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello, where he was rushed by ambulance following the 12:15 p.m. Tuesday building collapse.

The building located northwest of the intersection of Highway 91 and Tyhee Road was going to be used in part as the newly formed North Bannock County Fire Department’s first fire station.

The Bannock County Sheriff’s Office said it appears that strong winds might have factored into the building collapse, during which the building’s roof fell on Briscoe and the other worker.

Considering that there were 13 other workers also constructing the building at the time, the Sheriff’s Office said the collapse could have obviously been much worse. None of the 13 other workers required hospitalization.

The Sheriff’s Office said Briscoe and the worker who died were working for Briscoe Builders, the Pocatello company constructing the building. Authorities have not yet specified Houston Briscoe’s relationship to the company’s owners.

Two of the building’s walls collapsed during the incident and another is on the verge of collapsing, authorities said.

With no roof and only one wall left standing, the Sheriff’s Office said the building is a total loss and will need to be completely rebuilt.

The collapse triggered a massive emergency response, with numerous ambulances and fire trucks converging on the scene.

Both victims were transported via ambulances to PMC following the incident. Houston Briscoe’s co-worker was pronounced dead at the hospital, authorities said.

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 issued a statement early Tuesday evening acknowledging “the tragedy” and stating that their “first concern is for the workers and their families.”

Fire department officials said because of the building’s collapse they are now looking into other fire station options.

The collapse remains under investigation by the Bannock County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.