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2 men crushed when house being raised after Harvey falls

In this Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017 photo, a home in the Meyerland neighborhood of Houston is in the process of being raised. More than 1,600 Houston residents whose properties flooded  from Hurricane Harvey may need to elevate their homes if they want to continue living there. In Harris County two men died late Thursday, Dec. 13, 2017, when a house being lifted fell on them. (Elizabeth Conley / AP)
In this Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017 photo, a home in the Meyerland neighborhood of Houston is in the process of being raised. More than 1,600 Houston residents whose properties flooded from Hurricane Harvey may need to elevate their homes if they want to continue living there. In Harris County two men died late Thursday, Dec. 13, 2017, when a house being lifted fell on them. (Elizabeth Conley / AP)
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HOUSTON – Two men working to lift a house onto a higher foundation after being flooded by Hurricane Harvey have died when the house fell on them.

Harris County emergency officials say the accident happened just after 11 a.m. Thursday when the jacks being used to lift the house collapsed in a suburban Houston subdivision near Bush Intercontinental Airport.

The house dropped about 3 feet onto the men. Assistant Chief Al Sterkx of the Harris County Emergency Services District 10 said emergency crews had to use special equipment to lift the house off the men.

No identities have been released.

Amanda Guthrie, a sister-in-law of one of the victims, said the two men were part of a four-man crew that volunteered to help their neighbor with his house.

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