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Thursday, May 23, 2013

BREAKING NEWS: Building Collapse At Westfield Montgomery Mall

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services officials and Montgomery County Police are responding to reports of a building collapse at the Westfield Montgomery Mall.

There is reportedly one person trapped and one person unconcsious at the site, where scaffolding and a beam fell.

The collapse reportedly occurred near the Macy’s entrance to the mall, where construction of a new food court and luxury movie theater is ongoing.

Two people are trapped following a partial parking garage collapse at the Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda, Montgomery County Fire officials say.

Montgomery County Fire Department spokesman Scott Graham says that the collapse happened at about 2 p.m. Thursday in a 40-foot area between the second and third levels of the three-level garage outside the Macy's entrance to the mall, at the corner of Democracy Boulevard and Westlake Drive.

The parking garage was not open to the public at the time of the incident. Fire officials are describing the incident as a construction accident.

UPDATE: Fire Department spokeswoman Beth Anne Nesselt says one man died. Rescuers are trying to free another man who has serious injuries.

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