Tear Down Trouble
Historic Flagship Hotel collapses during demolition, worker rescued with theJaws of Life
The demolition of Galveston's historic Flagship Hotel took a dire turn when a section of the building collapsed Tuesday afternoon, trapping and seriously injuring a worker.
Flagship's demolition has been star crossed even before this incident, with video surfacing showing chunks of debris from the hotel getting thrown into the Gulf. Landry's — which owns the site, but has contracted out the demolition — plans to turn the site into a Pleasure Pier, complete with amusement rides along the lines of Kemah.
"Our thoughts are with the victim of today’s accident and his family," Jeff Cantwell, senior vice president of development at Landry's, said in a statement Tuesday night.. "The demolition contractor and general contractor have been onsite and in control of the activities throughout the demolition process. Landry’s is working closely with the City of Galveston and has suspended all construction work until a thorough investigation is complete."
Landry's has previously denounced the demolition team — Ardent Construction and its subcontractor, Grant MacKay Demolition Company — for allowing chunks of the hotel to end up in the water.
The Flagship is one of the more iconic structures in Galveston. If you've been to the island, you've no doubt noticed it stretching out over the water. But it suffered extensive damage in Hurricane Ike.
The demolition of the building is a slow, exacting process that has already taken more than a month and a half.
For more details on the accident, stay tuned to CultureMap.
Watch the KTRK video on the debris problems with the demolition: