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New York City parking garage collapses, leaving multiple people injured, 1 dead

NYC Mayor Eric Adams described the parking lot collapse as a ‘structural collapse’

1 dead, multiple people injured in NYC parking garage collapse

A parking garage in Manhattan partially collapsed Tuesday afternoon, leaving multiple people injured and at least one person confirmed dead.

Local reports say the parking garage is located at 57 Ann Street between Nassau Street and William Street. The floors of the four-story building reportedly collapsed around 4:15 p.m., sending cars crashing below.

Paramedics transport a victim on a stretcher following a garage collapse at 57 Ann Street in New York City, Tuesday, April 18, 2023.

Paramedics transport a victim on a stretcher following a garage collapse at 57 Ann Street in New York City, Tuesday, April 18, 2023. (Peter Gerber)

Fire officials said six workers were in the building. Of these, four were transferred to the hospital in stable condition, one refused medical attention, and one person was confirmed dead. Everyone else inside the parking lot is believed to be accounted for.

View of a collapsed parking garage in the Manhattan borough of New York city, U.S., April 18, 2023 in this picture obtained from social media. 

View of a collapsed parking garage in the Manhattan borough of New York city, U.S., April 18, 2023 in this picture obtained from social media.  (Andrew Shulman / Twitter @MobileHealthInc/via REUTERS)

The NYPD described the disaster as a “structural collapse.” Engineers have been deployed and are studying nearby buildings.

A general view of a collapsed parking garage in the Manhattan borough of New York city, U.S., April 18, 2023 in this picture obtained from social media. 

A general view of a collapsed parking garage in the Manhattan borough of New York city, U.S., April 18, 2023 in this picture obtained from social media.  (Andrew Shulman / Twitter @MobileHealthInc/via REUTERS)

The NYC’s Department of Buildings said the parking garage had an unspecified violation in 2003 and had active permits related to electrical work on the premise.

A general view of a collapsed parking garage in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S., April 18, 2023.  

A general view of a collapsed parking garage in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S., April 18, 2023.   (REUTERS/Brendan McDermid)

Mayor Adams said there were no open violations on the structure, which dates to 1957.

This photo provided by Charlie Franklin shows a partially collapsed parking garage in lower Manhattan's Financial District, Tuesday, April 18, 2023, in New York. Officials didn't immediately release any information on injuries. 

This photo provided by Charlie Franklin shows a partially collapsed parking garage in lower Manhattan’s Financial District, Tuesday, April 18, 2023, in New York. Officials didn’t immediately release any information on injuries.  (Charlie Franklin via AP)

Footage circulating on social media shows smashed cars and debris billowing toward the sky as people can be heard shouting from within.

NYPD officers inspect the site of a garage collapse at 57 Ann Street in New York City, Tuesday, April 18, 2023.

NYPD officers inspect the site of a garage collapse at 57 Ann Street in New York City, Tuesday, April 18, 2023. (Peter Gerber for Fox News Digital )

FDNY told Fox News Digital its members were pulled out because of concerns about the structural stability of the building. Mayor Adams said fire officials used a robotic dog to assist in the rescue.

Authorities were asking people to avoid the area “due to an emergency response.”

Nearby Pace University canceled classes near its NYC Campus. The university said 33 Beekman and 161 William were evacuated. Accommodations were being made for residential students.

“It felt like an earthquake,” said Pace University student Liam Gaeta. He said he heard “a large noise and a big rumbling, and then we all got evacuated.”

Cars are seen piled up after the collapse of a parking garage in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S., April 18, 2023.  

Cars are seen piled up after the collapse of a parking garage in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S., April 18, 2023.   (REUTERS/Brendan McDermid)

Other Pace students described hearing screams and seeing cars falling in the building.

This photo provided by Charlie Franklin shows a partially collapsed parking garage in lower Manhattan's Financial District on Tuesday, April 18, 2023, in New York City. Officials didn't immediately release any information on injuries. 

This photo provided by Charlie Franklin shows a partially collapsed parking garage in lower Manhattan’s Financial District on Tuesday, April 18, 2023, in New York City. Officials didn’t immediately release any information on injuries.  (Charlie Franklin via AP)

Mayor Eric Adams was briefed on the collapse and held a press conference Tuesday afternoon to provide updates.

NYPD officers inspect the site of a garage collapse at 57 Ann Street in New York City, Tuesday, April 18, 2023.

NYPD officers inspect the site of a garage collapse at 57 Ann Street in New York City, Tuesday, April 18, 2023. (Peter Gerber for Fox News Digital )

The Department of Buildings told Fox News Digital its personnel is on the scene, and an investigation is ongoing.