Parking structure partially collapses at Wisconsin mall

Emergency crews were dispatched to a mall in eastern Wisconsin at around noon on Thursday.
Posted at 4:44 PM, Feb 23, 2023

Emergency crews were dispatched to the scene of a collapsed parking garage just outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the town of Glendale on the shore of Lake Michigan.

The parking structure for the area's Bayshore Mall collapsed like "pancake" on Thursday, and emergency crews said they were dispatched just after 12 p.m.

Authorities said no injuries were immediately reported, according to Scripps News Milwaukee.

Multiple departments responded, including the Milwaukee Fire Department, a special collapse team and a heavy urban rescue team.

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Crews digging out snow and rubble from garage.

First responders found that a third floor of the structure had collapsed onto the second, causing the second floor to collapse onto the first in a "pancake-like collapse," North Shore Fire and Rescue Chief Robert Whittaker said.

Officials identified two vehicles in the collapse zone, but it was unclear if anyone was in the cars or walking directly in the area where parking structure collapsed.

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A parking structure partially collapsed at Bayshore mall.

Chief Whittaker said he was fairly confident, based on security footage, there was likely no one in the collapse zone.

Crews were working with engineers to ensure the structure was not at risk of collapsing further as roads in the area were closed off and traffic was diverted to other roadways.

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A photo of a crushed car at the Bayshore parking structure.

People in the area said they were not immediately given information on when it would be safe to retrieve their vehicles or to find out if they had been damaged. Chief Whittaker said it could take months for people to retrieve their vehicles from inside.

A ramp that collapsed was the only entrance and exit in the structure.

Milwaukee has experienced heavy snow and icy weather this week. Some areas saw up to a foot of snow this week.

The collapsed portion of the parking structure.

“We dodged a bullet on this one, we certainly did,” Glendale Mayor Bryan Kennedy said during the news conference.

Officials say it will take months to repair the structure. The garage was built between 2005 and 2006.

In a statement, Bayshore Mall said they are "aware that there was a partial collapse."

The statement said, "We are not aware of any injuries at this time. The Glendale Fire and Police Departments are currently on the scene and will be issuing a news release update shortly. Guests and employees who park on the second and third floor will not be able to access their vehicles at this time and we will stay in close communications to update everyone as we learn more."

This story was originallypublished by Scripps News Milwaukee.