NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Construction workers felt a house begin to shake and made a run for it just before it collapsed a little before 1:30 p.m. Monday, according to the New Orleans Fire Department.
Gail Blackwell lives directly across the street from the vacant house under renovation at 2236 D'Abadie.
"We heard a loud noise and then the door blew open. When we came out, it was just nothing but dust and smoke and we were just sure that somebody was in there," said Blackwell.
She said, "They're always in there working, working really hard. So we ran back in and got on the phone and we called 911."
All three of the workers got out safely.
The Fire department describes it as a "complete pancake collapse."
Investigators called in building inspectors from the Department of Code Enforcement.
According to the NOFD, the workers said they were doing framing work in the single-story, wood-frame home.
Neighbors said the renovation work has been underway for about two months.