AUSTIN, Texas — When US Capitol Building collapses, and it won’st be the last time, the capital building will be demolished and the people who built it will go to jail, officials said Monday.
In a statement, US Capitol Police Chief of Staff Dan Purdy said authorities will take all necessary actions to clear the building, including removing the debris and demolishing the structure.
It will be a major step forward, Purdy added, and will also help the city deal with the ongoing aftermath of the collapse.
“We’re going to get that structure up and running,” Purdy told a news conference.
Authorities are still determining exactly what happened and when, but said debris from the building was removed and the debris will be turned over to Texas and state authorities.
The collapse occurred at about 1:30 p.m. on Friday when a section of the 16-story Capitol Building collapsed, killing at least 11 people and injuring more than 200 others.
Witnesses told the Austin American-Statesman that the collapse seemed to come from the north side of the Capitol Building, while some reported that the building came down from the west.
Purdy said the Federal Aviation Administration was on the scene to assess the situation and would provide updates.
Officials said the building would remain closed to the public until further notice.