DALLAS - A Dallas condo building’s parking garage remains closed as engineers try to determine why it partially collapsed and if what remains is safe.
“The arm was raised and the security guard came racing out yelling at me, ‘Stop! Don’t go in.’ I said why and the moment that he said that I looked off to the left and saw the first collapse of the building. That huge plume of smoke started to rise right in front of me,” said Barron Evans.
About 200 cars remain in the seven-story garage at the Renaissance on Turtle Creek in Oak Lawn. The area that fell Friday afternoon was being used to store construction materials for the remodeling of the building’s swimming pool.
“We have over 1,000 residents on this property in three towers. There are over 800 cars in that garage and not one injury,” said Dedie Leahy with the Renaissance Condo Association.
A crane may be needed to remove some of the vehicles. But it is not yet clear when the cleanup will begin or how long it will take.
Condo managers have been working to provide additional parking for residents and rental cars for those whose vehicles are still stuck in the garage.