A parking garage on Ann Street in lower Manhattan collapsed Tuesday afternoon, killing one person and injuring five others, officials said.
Pictures and video of the scene at 37th Ann Street, between Nassau and William streets, showed cars lying on top of each other and dust rising from the wreckage. The collapse sent debris from the top floor to street level.
Although officials initially said there were reports of people trapped, Fire Department Chief John M. Esposito said at a news conference at the scene of the collapse that authorities believe all workers at the garage were accounted for.
Mayor Eric Adams, speaking at a news conference, said four of those injured inside the cave were hospitalized. He did not specify the nature of their injuries. A fifth person refused medical attention, Mr. Adams said.
The fire department pulled its emergency services personnel from the site immediately after responding due to concerns about the integrity of the building’s remains. Officials said they were using rescue workers using tower ladders, drones and a team of robotic dogs to find victims.
Department of Buildings inspectors were at the scene of the collapse around 4 p.m., an agency spokesman said. Citing “shaking” and “vibration” in the garage, fire officials asked building inspectors to examine the structural stability of the property.
This is a breaking story and will be updated.
Michael D. Reagan Contributed report.