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2 injured in Ohio parking garage collapse

Two people were injured when a section of a Willowick apartment building parking garage collapsed



By Cliff Pinckard, Molly Walsh

WILLOWICK, Ohio — Two people were injured Wednesday night when a parking garage partially collapsed at an apartment complex in Lake County.

Willowick Fire Chief William Malovrh said in a news conference broadcast by WEWS Channel 5 that both victims were taken to University Hospitals Lake West Medical Center and their injuries were minor.

Malovrh said it’s unknown what caused the collapse of the north section of the parking garage at Shoregate Towers Apartments, 30901 Lakeshore Blvd. Melissa Merritt, a resident of the apartments, said the collapse was “very scary.”

“There is a car that went down with the parking lot. Flipped on it’s side,” Merritt said. “Also fire is being seen inside of the wreckage that I can see with my eyes and it’s a huge piece of the parking lot as well. ...

“I have never seen anything like this in my life,” she said.

Malovrh said an investigation into the cause will begin Thursday morning after authorities are sure they can safely enter the structure.

“We’re not going to risk our personnel to go in there,” he said.

It’s unknown how many cars were damaged in the collapse. Malvorh said the apartment building was safe and residents were allowed to remain inside.

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