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Search teams confirm there were no victims in debris of garage collapse at Marine Towers in Lakewood

Published: Dec. 24, 2021 at 8:35 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 24, 2021 at 5:17 PM EST
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Officials from the city of Lakewood confirmed that there were no victims found in the debris of the parking garage collapse at the Marine Towers West apartment building.

Crews from several rescue teams completed a search of the debris by approximately 2 a.m. on Friday and confirmed there were no injuries as a result of the collapse.

“Fortunately, no one was injured during the collapse, and our personnel has been working tirelessly to make sure everyone is safe, and secure the site, investigate what happened, and assist residents of the apartment building while a structural assessment continues,” Lakewood Mayor Meghan F. George said.

Emergency crews from Lakewood and other surrounding departments responded to the collapse of a multi-level underground parking garage on Thursday morning.

Lakewood Fire Department Chief Timothy Dunphy described the incident as a “pancake” collapse, meaning the second floor fell onto the lower level.

A photo provided to 19 News from a witness on scene shows a large portion of land collapsed onto the ramp into the underground parking facility.

Lakewood garage collapse
Lakewood garage collapse(Source: Provided to WOIO/@alec_kwait Twitter)

The number of cars damaged during the collapse is not known at this time.

A special phone line has been designated for residents who were impacted by Thursday morning’s garage collapse and evacuations at the apartment building.

According to the city,

Residents of the Marine Towers West building were evacuated as a precaution. Mayor George said the apartments will remain closed until a structural engineer from the city’s building department gives final clearance.

“We are all deeply grateful for the exceptional work of Lakewood’s first responders and the numerous other regional partners who rose to the occasion to support our efforts,” Mayor George added.

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