New York parking garage pancakes and kills one person

New York, New York - One person was killed and six others were injured in a partial building collapse Tuesday in lower Manhattan, according to emergency officials.

One person was killed and six others were injured in a partial building collapse Tuesday in lower Manhattan.
One person was killed and six others were injured in a partial building collapse Tuesday in lower Manhattan.  © REUTERS

The top floors of the four-story parking garage pancaked just after 4 PM EDT, city officials said.

The upper floors, which were packed with cars, crumbled, sending the vehicles into the void below, photos taken from adjacent buildings show.

The facade of the building also buckled around 5 PM and was in danger of falling into the street.

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Details of the fatality were not immediately clear.

Emergency workers blocked off the street as firefighters strived to find people who could be trapped inside.

Several victims injured in the collapse were taken to local hospitals and are now considered in stable condition.

New York parking garage building considered unstable

New York City firefighters at the scene of the parking garage collapse on Tuesday in lower Manhattan.
New York City firefighters at the scene of the parking garage collapse on Tuesday in lower Manhattan.  © IMAGO/ZUMA Wire

The New York City Fire Department received reports that people were trapped inside the structure, but after a search using a robot dog and drones, officials determined that all the garage employees were accounted for.

Firefighters initially entered the building but then pulled out because the structure was deemed unstable and could collapse further.

The garage is owned by Abacus Bank, according to city property records.

Cover photo: REUTERS

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