1 dead after tornado destroys Chesterfield building near Hull Street

Posted at 4:27 PM, Sep 17, 2018

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- One person has died after a likely tornado destroyed a building at Hull Street Road and Speeks Drive in Chesterfield County Monday afternoon.

Chesterfield Fire and EMS spokesperson Lt. Jason Elmore confirms one fatality after the Old Dominion Floor warehouse located, at 3350 Speeks Drive, was reduced to rubble.

The male victim was an employee of Old Dominion Floor, according to Elmore. His name has not been released at this time, pending notifaction of next of kin.

All other employees of the building have been accounted for after the building collaspe. One person was tranported to a local hospital with a minor injury.

Lt. Elmore says crews responded to the scene at 3:34 p.m. after a call for a structural collapse on Speeks Drive.

Upon arrival, officials said no one was trapped and all employees of the business had been accounted for, except the victim that was pronounced dead.

“We were able to actually meet with the manager of the flooring company that notified us fairly quickly, almost immediately, that he had accounted for all of his employees, expect that one,” said Lt. Elmore.

Lt. Elmore confirmed four scenes of major storm damage in Chesterfield County, believed to be caused by tornadoes and severe storms. Those areas include the reported tornado on Speeks Drive and damage reported in the Victorian Square Shopping Center, damage in the Birkdale and Hampton Park subdivisions, and near the Beaver Bridge Road area.

Monday’s death in Chesterfield County brings the death toll from Florence to 32, Jeff Caldwell with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management confirmed to CNN.

The St. John Furniture store located at 10804 Hull Street Road, near Speeks Drive, also collasped during the storm.

Hull Street Road and Speeks Drive have reopened after closing for several hours.

This is a developing story. Witnesses can send news tips, photos, and video here.



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