CENTURY CITY - The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) responded to a partial collapse of a subterranean parking structure on July 25, 2014. The collapse was initially reported to have been caused by a heavy decorative planter falling from a crane. Upon further investigation, it was determined that construction crews working on a landscaping project were using small skip loaders to handle lava rock and dirt. The heavy weight of this material was too much for the structural integrity of the parking garage, contributing to the collapse. No one was injured.
LAFD Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) specialists performed a systematic search of the impact area along with LAFD K9's to ensure no one was trapped in the parking structure.
USAR along with Building and Safety members worked together to assess the structural integrity of damaged area.
Approximately 100 firefighters remained on scene to ensure public safety, perform an extensive secondary search, and shore up any unstable material in a confined-space environment.
Approximately 80 occupants were displaced for several days until the safety and structural integrity could be established. LAFD worked with the American Red Cross to assist with any needed rehousing.
The estimated dollar loss is being tabulated.
Dispatched Units: BC18 BC5 BC731 CM2 DC1 E205 E227 E261 E263 E288 E289 E29 E292 E3 E43 E5 E59 E62 E71 EM11 FP312 HL1 HL2 HL3 HL4 HR56 RA5 RA58 RA59 RA68 RA71 RA827 RA892 RA909 RA92 RM4 RT59 RT83 T27 T5 T61 T63 T88 T92 UR27 UR5 UR88 UR89 UT88Submitted by Eric French and Erik Scott, Spokesmen
Los Angeles Fire Department