New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell issued the following statement this evening regarding the collapse of the Hard Rock Hotel downtown this morning:
"Today's collapse was a tragedy, and our hearts break for the loss of life," said Mayor Cantrell. "Our focus is on continuing to secure the site and to doing everything we can to support the families impacted as rescue efforts continue.
All residents should continue to stay away from the area, and to heed the street closures and traffic warnings. We appreciate the public's response and support, and we are praying for the victims and their families."
Nola.com reports that crews are halting search activities for the night because of the danger on the scene.
Read more about the building collapse here.