Pool lifted to rooftop of Hard Rock Hotel construction site just hours before collapse

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A large swimming pool was lifted to the top floors of the Hard Rock Hotel construction site hours before the Rampart Street side of the building came crashing down, according to sources familiar with the site.

A photograph taken Thursday from the Rampart Street side of the construction site shows a large swimming pool attached to a lift crane for installation. A banner on the side of the pool was marked "Chester Pool Systems," a company out of New Albany, Indiana.

Chester Pool Systems could not be reached for comment in time for this report, but responded to WWL-TV on Wednesday, Oct. 16. See their statement here.

Drone footage taken after the accident shows a pool, with a Chester sign on it, installed on a lower floor on the Canal Street side of the building, atop a section of the building that did not collapse. But construction documents filed with the city of New Orleans show proposals for pool equipment and a rooftop bar on the Rampart Street side where the steel and concrete caved in Saturday morning.

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