Two people were injured Thursday afternoon when part of the concrete second floor of a warehouse collapsed.
At 4:19 p.m., fire crews were called to 746 Westland Drive, off Old Frankfort Pike near New Circle Road, for a report that there had been a building collapse with people possibly trapped inside, Lexington Fire Batallion Chief Jason Wells said.
Four people were inside the building at the time of the collapse, but only two were trapped, Wells said.
One victim was rescued fairly easily, but Wells said it took significant measures and “fairly comprehensive digging” to rescue the second victim.
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The two people who were trapped were taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital with injuries that were non life threatening, Wells said, but the second victim’s condition was described as “serious.”
The portion of the building’s floor that collapsed was used to store bulk grocery items. Wells estimated that a 30 foot by 50 foot section of the concrete floor collapsed down to the first floor.
John Oladi, owner of Lexington Auto Sales LLC, was walking out the door of his business when the floor of the warehouse next door collapsed.
“Suddenly I heard a couple of noises, then a collapsing,” Oladi said. “It was no explosion.”
Oladi then ran outside to see the door of the neighboring warehouse had been blown out.
“I look at the inside and just, completely dust,” Oladi said.
He said at first they couldn’t see anyone, but then they heard a voice.
“One was talking, ‘I need help,’” Oladi said. “So I put mask on and I got another guy, who came to see me, helped get him out.”
Oladi said the fire department took over from there.
It took firefighters about 15 minutes to rescue the second victim, Wells said. He also said there were about 50 firefighters on scene.
The scene was eventually turned over to structural engineers, who would look into the cause of the collapse and evaluate the structural integrity of the building.