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Video: Ohio firefighter escapes partial building collapse during inspection

The Columbus building partially collapsed earlier, and the firefighter was making sure it was unoccupied when the structure gave way again


Photo/Columbus Division of Fire

By Leila Merrill

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A firefighter was performing an inspection inside a Columbus building Monday afternoon when it partially collapsed, WCMH reported.

The firefighter escaped without injury.

Earlier in the day, city building inspectors were working in the area when they heard the building partially collapsed, and they called the Columbus Division of Fire to investigate it, according to a department Facebook post.

A firefighter entered the building to make sure it was unoccupied. That’s when the second collapse occurred. The department said that the firefighter left quickly “via a ladder positioned at a second story window.”

No one else was inside the building at the time, and no one was hurt. A business that operated on the ground floor was closed Monday.

Multiple Columbus fire and police units were on the scene during and after the collapse.

“We were lucky that none of our crews were injured,” said Chief Jeffrey Geitter of the Columbus Division of Fire.

The cause of the collapse has not been determined.