ONE person has died and at least five others were injured after a parking garage collapsed in New York City, prompting an urgent rescue mission.
The upper level of the five-story parking garage collapsed around 4:15 p.m. Tuesday in Lower Manhattan’s Financial District.
The New York Fire Department said the victim was believed to be a parking garage employee.
Four people were taken to hospital while the fifth injured person refused medical treatment.
Police said six workers who were in the five-story garage when the building collapsed have been held accountable.
However, the structure is considered unstable.
The FDNY said firefighters had to be pulled from the building over concerns about structural stability.
The debris from the collapse reportedly continued to move, prompting firefighters to remove it.
“This has been an extremely dangerous operation for our firefighters,” said FDNY Chief of Operations John Esposito.
Neighboring buildings were also reportedly compromised.
It’s unclear what might have caused the collapse, although no third-party fault is suspected.
A robotic dog and drone were dispatched to the collapse to provide live video to first responders in a reported first use of such technology for the FDNY.
“We put our robotic dog in the building where they could give us video and then we can fly drones in to conduct an assessment and conduct searches,” Esposito said.
Shocking footage from the scene showed multiple cars on top of each other.
An attorney who parked his car in the garage told WABC he was still being charged the $27 to get his car out of the garage.
Pace University, located steps from the site, canceled classes for the remainder of the day and began evacuating students from neighboring buildings.
According to WABC, the workshop opened its doors to motorists in 1925.
“It felt like an earthquake,” Liam Gaeta, a student at Pace, told the news outlet.
Gaeta said he heard “a big noise and a big rumble, and then we were all evacuated.”
The parking garage has six open violations of the New York City Department of Construction, including one that has been classified as dangerous since 2003, according to WABC.
Subway lines in the area are running slower as a result of the collapse.