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Parking garage collapses in downtown Baltimore, dozens of cars trapped

Parking garage collapse
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Collapse at parking garage
Posted at 10:22 AM, Jul 15, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-15 19:35:30-04

BALTIMORE — A parking garage collapsed in downtown Baltimore Friday morning.

The Baltimore City Fire Department said there are no injuries and no cars were damaged in this collapse at One East Pratt Street.

Crews shut down S. Charles Street to through traffic between W. Conway and Pratt Streets.

There were approximately 50 cars stuck in the garage. There are 231 parking spaces total in the garage.

Officials discuss Baltimore parking garage collapse

People who have cars in the garage should contact S&P Plus to figure out when and how they can get their cars.

“I drove in and parked my car and I watched the ceiling come down right in front of my car,” said Scott McConnell.

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The Fire department says the parking garages are inspected yearly by the fire prevention bureau. The last inspection completed on the building by the fire prevention bureau was July 24th 2017.

The company that owns the garage, Banyan Street Capital sent WMAR-2 News this statement:

“We are aware of the incident at One East Pratt in which part of a parking deck ramp collapsed. As a safety precaution, we have secured the surrounding area and closed all entry points into the garage. At this time, there are no bodily injuries and no known vehicular damage. We are cooperating with a structural engineer with the City of Baltimore, who is onsite to determine the cause of the partial ramp collapse."

This happened at the One East Pratt Street Garage.

Parking garage attendant saw garage collapse

Calvin Murphy Jr., who works at the parking garage right next to it, witnessed the collapse.

“Yeah, it sounded like a manhole cover being rolled over,” Murphy said. “Yeah, we just overlooked it until we seen the dust and debris coming from the building up there.”

McConnell said his car was stuck while he was trying to get back home in Pennsylvania.

"Right now, I’m stuck," McConnell said. "I live in Pennsylvania. I’m hoping to get it out right now. I have no way of getting home."