Five people were hurt and one person died after a multi-story parking garage partially collapsed in New York City, according to officials.
According to CBS, a US partner of the BBC, the second level of the four-story building in Manhattan’s Financial District collapsed first.
The building’s entire staff, according to the authorities, has been located.
On a mountain of broken concrete, automobiles, and other debris are seen in an online video heaped high.
At roughly 16:00 local time (20:00 GMT), the building collapsed.
The tweet below confirms the news:
One dead in NYC multi-storey car park collapse https://t.co/EsoAq3iSdc
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) April 19, 2023
Chief of the New York City Fire Department (FDNY), John Esposito, characterized the rescue effort as “extremely dangerous” for the firefighters and “very unstable” for the building.
“We had firefighters inside the building conducting searches. The building was continuing to collapse,” he said. “At this time, we believe that we have the workers that were in danger all accounted for, all out of the building.”
He further mentioned that one injured worker was unable to descend from a higher floor on his own due to being stranded there.
“We were able to put firefighters up there in the building and take him out across the roof to another building and bring him down safely,” said Mr Esposito.
The mayor of the city claimed that modern technology was crucial to the emergency response.
“I do want to point out that, thank God, we had the robotic dog that was able to go in the building,” said Mayor Eric Adams.
Drones were sent in to do an evaluation and search after the robotic dog was able to broadcast video from inside the structure.
Officials stated that the cause of the fall was unknown and that Department of Structures personnel were examining neighboring structures for damage.
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