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Probe Ongoing in TX Garage Cave-In

Friday, October 30, 2015

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What caused a seven-story parking garage to partially collapse last Friday in Dallas, burying hundreds of vehicles, remained under investigation Thursday (Oct. 29).

Meanwhile the contractor behind renovations being performed at site has acknowledged an “unacceptable error,” according to reports.

The Collapse

The garage at The Renaissance high-rise condo building in the Turtle Creek area partially collapsed just after 5 p.m. Oct. 23.

No injuries were reported in the collapse.

“This is a miracle,” condo board association member Dedie Leahy told a local television station. “We have about 1,000 residents in the three towers and not one injury.”

At least 200 vehicles remained buried under debris mid-week, reports related, noting that 40 had been removed over the weekend.

The collapse happened amid record rainfall and storms in the area.

Damage estimates have not been reported.

Pile of Debris

Residents told media outlets that cars fell through multiple levels and there was a hole on the top floor of the garage that was roughly two parking spaces wide.

They further noted that a pile of heavy construction debris—concrete, dirt and rocks—had been placed on the top story of the garage during the remodeling project.

Investigators are trying to determine whether the construction materials were to blame for the cave-in, reports said.

Protocol Not Followed

Meanwhile, the construction company, Reconstruction Experts Inc., of Arvada, CO, remodeling the condo complex’s deck pool says it failed to follow standard protocol, a local CBS affiliate reported Tuesday (Oct. 27).

While the company had filed an application with the City of Dallas to do the work back in September, officials had never issued a permit because questions about the work remained, the report said.

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Reconstruction Experts Inc. filed for a permit to work on the Renaissance garage, but the City of Dallas never issued it because questions remained, reports indicate.

A city official said the company had been sent an email hours before the collapse, seeking additional drawings and more information.

The company’s CEO acknowledged the mistake.

“The supervisor working on the project at The Renaissance began work while a permit was still in process, but not issued,” Andrew Anderson said in a statement provided to CBS.

“It’s an unacceptable error and one that I apologize for. We’ve built our business on a commitment to safety. So once we complete our internal review, we’ll hold accountable those responsible for this error and it could lead to termination.”

The Aftermath

The company says it has been working to help secure the area so that residents can return to cars to get their belongings.

Reports indicate that it may take weeks to fully uncover the vehicles still trapped and months to repair the garage.

The city is asking the contractor for a report from a structural engineer detailing how to safely remove the cars.

The condo association’s insurance company is reportedly paying for rental vehicles for residents whose cars were damaged in the collapse. 

   

Tagged categories: Accidents; Commercial Construction; Concrete; Government; Health and safety; Parking Garages

Comment from john lienert, (10/30/2015, 7:20 AM)

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