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McKenzie demands report in 24 hours following hotel site collapse

Published:Tuesday | May 10, 2016 | 5:00 PM
Rescue workers searching through the rubble for possible survivors this morning.

Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie, has ordered an immediate investigation into the circumstances that led to today’s collapse of a section of a building at the Royalton hotel construction site in Negril, Hanover.

McKenzie has requested that the report be presented within 24 hours.

READ: Emergency responders digging through rubble at collapsed hotel site

IN PHOTO: Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie

"Having regard to the fact that development approvals and the enforcement of construction standards in existing buildings, and buildings being built fall under the purview of my Ministry, I have instructed that the facts are to be clearly determined, and that I am to receive a comprehensive Report containing those facts," said McKenzie in a statement released this afternoon.

IN PHOTO: Workers removing rubble from the construction site - @Lgrandison photo

Five people were injured in the incident.

READ: Two released from hospital, three admitted following building collapse

In the meantime, McKenzie has commended the Jamaica Fire Brigade, the police and the staff at Noel Holmes Hospital in Hanover, and the Savanna-la-Mar Hospital in Westmoreland who responded to the emergency.