Emergency Declaration Issued To Demolish Buildings Near Hard Rock Collapse

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The New Orleans Fire Department and City Hall is going to demolish three buildings near the Hard Rock Hotel collapse.

Mayor LaToya Cantrell made the announcement during a call yesterday and said the developers cannot stall tearing down the site any longer.

The emergency declaration means that demolition can begin without permission from the Historic District Landmarks Commission, who were scheduled to have a meeting on the matter Thursday. They have not given an official response on yesterday's decision.

The final approved plans come after months of other ideas were scrapped or denied by the city.

New Orleans Fire Chief Tim McConnell says the process of demolishing the rest of the collapsed Hard Rock Hotel could begin next week.

During a conference call on Tuesday, McConnell said the equipment is being transported to New Orleans and should be in place soon.

Contractors believe they will be able to remove the bodies of Jose Arreola and Quinnyon Wimberly that remain trapped in the debris sometime in July.

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