Multiple people were injured in a partial collapse of a parking garage in Manhattan on Tuesday afternoon. At least one confirmed death.
According to local reports, the parking garage can be found at 57 Ann Street, between Nassau Street & William Street. Around 4:15 pm, the floors of the building collapsed and cars crashed below.
Six workers were reported by fire officials to be in the building. Four of these were taken to hospital in a stable condition. One refused medical treatment, and another was confirmed dead. All other people in the parking lot are believed to have been found.
The NYPD called the tragedy a “structural failure.” Engineers are studying the nearby buildings.
The NYC Department of Buildings reported that the parking garage was in violation of an unspecified law in 2003. There were also active permits for electrical work at the premises.
Mayor Adams stated that the structure dates back to 1957 and there are no violations open.
Social media is awash with footage of smashed cars, debris and people screaming from inside.
FDNY informed Fox News Digital that its members were removed because they had concerns over the stability of the structure. Mayor Adams confirmed that fire officials had used a robot dog to help in the rescue.
One person killed and many injured in Lower Manhattan parking garage collapse
The authorities asked people to avoid the area because of an “emergency response.”
Pace University, located nearby, cancelled classes at its NYC Campus. The university reported that 33 Beekman Street and 161 William Street were evacuated. Residential students are being accommodated.
Liam Gaeta, a student at Pace University, said that it felt like a quake. He heard “a loud noise, a rumbling sound and we were all evacuated.”
Some Pace students reported hearing screams, and cars falling into the building.
The collapse was explained to Mayor Eric Adams, who held a Tuesday afternoon press conference.
Fox News Digital reported that the Department of Buildings has personnel on site and is conducting an investigation.