LINCOLN COUNTY, N.C. -- Several emergency rescue agencies, including Charlotte Fire Department's Urban Search and Rescue team, are on the scene of a construction collapse that has trapped two children under several feet of dirt.
Rescuers received the first 911 call around 6 p.m., said Dion Burleson, PIO for Lincoln County Emergency Management.
Burleson could only describe the location as a residential construction project, and said the children are trapped below-grade -- essentially underground.
Neighbors tell NBC Charlotte it was a basement under construction, and a wall collapsed on the children.
Burleson could not provide details about the children, but neighbors said they were cousins -- a boy and a girl, approximately six and eight years old.
Two CFD USAR trucks are on scene, along with three environmental vacuum trucks, and several area search and rescue agencies from Lincoln and Mecklenburg counties.
A CFD truck filled with construction beams also arrived at the scene and left empty.
Burleson said their efforts have concentrated on digging with shovels mostly, but that workers will be there a while -- "all night if necessary."