Task Force One Recovers One Victim in Building Collapse

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Members of the the Task Force One worked to recover victims inside of the International Nutrition Building following its collapse Monday morning.

"They are a specialized team that can assist us with those operations," said Interim Omaha Fire Chief Bernie Kanger.

Their mission, recovery instead of rescue. Nebraska Task Force One knew the job would be challenging.

"A lot of twisted steel and dangling concrete slabs from the overhead component of the structure. Anytime you try to manipulate any steel or concrete we fear a secondary collapse," said Lincoln Battalion Chief Brad Thavenet.

The team's Structural Engineer figured out how to stabilize the building and get the crews inside without causing further damage or putting themselves in the line of danger and at 3:30 p.m. they went to work.

"Be able to bring closure to any of the individuals that they have accounted for in the structure. Do it safely, efficiently and without putting anybody in harms way," said Thavenet.

Less than two hours into the mission, the team reached one of the victims on the second floor.

"We did recover one victim at 5:16 p.m. There is still one victim in the building and they will have to be removed tomorrow," said Kanger.

The day ended with the cold, windy conditions suspending efforts for the evening at 6:30 p.m.