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1 dead, multiple injured after parking garage collapses in downtown New York City

Firefighters responded but pulled members of the department because of concerns about the building’s structural stability, the FDNY said.
/ Source: NBC News

A parking garage collapsed in New York City’s Financial District on Tuesday, April 18, killing one person and injuring other people.

Firefighters responded but pulled rescuers out because of concerns about the building’s structural stability, the New York Fire Department said. At least five workers were injured, one of whom refused medical attention, said James Esposito, the fire department’s chief of operations.

Mayor Eric Adams said one person was found dead after first responders arrived.

“We had firefighters inside the building conducting searches. The building was continuing to collapse,” Esposito said at a news conference, calling the operation extremely dangerous.

The workers inside the building were doing parking garage operations at the time of the collapse, Esposito said.

A worker was trapped on the upper floors of the building and called for help, Esposito said. Firefighters assisted him across the roof to another building to safety.

Officials believe everyone in the four-story building has been accounted for, but the fire department will continue to conduct searches to confirm.

Authorities used a robotic dog with a camera to stream video from within the building as conditions were too unstable for first responders to go inside.

Adams told reporters that the building did not appear to have any open violations with the city’s Department of Buildings. Records show the building had a 2003 violation for a crack in the first-floor ceiling slab.

Another violation in 2009 reported that fire stairs were broken and defective and that there was a “loose piece of concrete in danger of falling.”

Police asked people to avoid the area near Ann Street between Nassau and William streets at 4:42 p.m. because of a structural collapse.

Images and videos shared on social media showed multiple vehicles that had parked on the roof crashed into the floor below.

Pace University, which has multiple buildings in the area, canceled classes for the evening on April 18. The university also tweeted that its 33 Beekman and 161 William buildings have been evacuated, with accommodations being made for residential students.

An investigation into the collapse is ongoing, officials said.

The building has been used as a parking garage since 1957, and it had four stories with a cellar, city Department of Buildings Acting Commissioner Kazimir Vilenchik said.

Records from the department indicate a certificate of occupancy was issued in 1926.

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