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Two killed, more injured after building collapses near SC lake, officials say

Two people were killed and more were injured when a South Carolina building collapsed.
Two people were killed and more were injured when a South Carolina building collapsed. Pickens County Emergency Management

Two people died and two others were injured when a building near an Upstate lake collapsed Thursday afternoon, South Carolina officials said.

Pickens County Emergency Management said the building that collapsed was a house under construction near Lake Keowee, WHNS reported.

Emergency officials tweeted that two people died at the construction site, and two others were rushed to an area hospital after the home on Water Lake Drive in Sunset crumbled to the ground.

Aerial footage supplied by WYFF showed walls collapsed inward on the foundation of the home under construction.

The partial collapse occurred after the area was hit by a powerful thunderstorm with strong winds and lightning, Pickens County Emergency Management said on Twitter.

Emergency responders had problems accessing the site because of trees that were toppled during the storm, a reporter tweeted.

The four people who were in the home during the collapse were construction workers, who had been pulled out from under the debris by colleagues by the time emergency responders arrived, the Greenville News reported.

Information on the medical condition of the injured workers was not available.

The National Weather Service said strong winds caused “the unstable structure to collapse,” according to WHNS.

“Three of the four exterior walls collapsed and they were all pancaked on to each other,” Vineyards Fire Chief Phil Black said, per the Greenville News.

Lake Keowee has become known as a place where multiple deaths have occurred in the water.

In 2018, the coroner’s office said at least 32 people have died in Lake Keowee over the past 25 years, and 17 of those fatalities were at Fall Creek Landing, the “popular swimming and boating area that features a rock outcropping used for jumping in the lake,” the Greenville News reported.

This is a developing story, check back for updates.

Noah Feit is a Real Time reporter with The State and McClatchy Carolinas Regional Team. The award-winning journalist has worked for multiple newspapers since starting his career in 1999.