Six people rescued after shopping mall roof collapses
A mall storefront collapsed violently in Temple City in May. Due to the quick action of firefighters, no one was hurt.
Emergency services were able to access the two affected businesses and safely extricate the six individuals who were inside behind a wall of debris. Both businesses lacked a back door.
Theressa Nguyen, the owner of Beauty of Color Salon, is still in shock after the incident. “The noise was very loud,” she said nervously after explaining the tense moments inside.
Sparkle Cleaners Owner Annie Sakulvisit shared through tears how she was trapped in her business. “It felt like an earthquake. I couldn’t get out,” Sakulvisit cried in anguish.
However, the incident could have been much more tragic.
In the video obtained from the recording of a nearby business, one person was walking near the façade before the brutal collapse.
Witnesses present at the time of the accident corroborated the violent rumbling. “It felt like an earthquake, I started hearing squeaky noises, and all of a sudden the roof collapsed,” explained Justin Han, who was inside the business for a haircut. “We were walking inside to find a place to hide. Luckily, everyone was safe.”
The powerful collapse of the façade also damaged two vehicles parked in front of the building.
The exact reasons for the collapse, however, have not yet been clarified. Expert construction engineers will be on-site in the next few days to investigate the incident and begin repairs.
City inspectors on the scene confirmed that the structure is now red-tagged, which means the building is not safe for the public to enter.
6 trapped after façade of #TempleCity strip mall collapses: #LACoFD— BroidNewsTV (@BroidNewsTV) May 26, 2022
A collapsed façade at a commercial building in Temple City trapped six people inside two businesses, according to the #LosAngeles County Fire Department.#US pic.twitter.com/xXDrw12jwK
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