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Two construction workers hospitalized after part of building collapses at Stephenville church

The incident happened at First Baptist Church in Stephenville. One of the injured workers had to be transported to a hospital by air.

STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Two construction workers were hospitalized after the partial building collapse of a church in Stephenville, Texas, on Wednesday, police said.

Police in Stephenville, about 68 miles southwest of Fort Worth in Erath County, said the fire department responded to the collapse at First Baptist Church just before 2 p.m.

Crews observed a part of the building's arched facade had collapsed onto the front steps of the church. According to police, the exterior of the building has been undergoing construction work to replace and clean the ornamental facade.

Police said two construction workers were on an extended boom lift when they were struck by falling debris.

One of the workers was transported by air to a hospital in Fort Worth, while the other was taken to a hospital in Stephenville.

Stephenville PD told WFAA Thursday, Jan. 19, that one of the workers has been treated and released and the other remains hospitalized with serious but not life threatening injuries. 

There were no other injuries reported inside or outside the building. Police said all activity inside the building has been suspended until an inspection can be performed.

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