Search continues for man missing after P.G. warehouse collapse

Question of the Day

Is it still considered bad form to talk politics during a social gathering?

View results

Prince George’s County rescue crews were searching Friday for a man missing after a warehouse roof collapsed in Landover.

The warehouse at 1501 Cabin Branch Drive collapsed around 10 p.m. Thursday, after a forklift knocked over a storage rack, which hit other storage racks and support beams, employees told fire officials.

Twenty-four workers escaped the collapse and no injuries were reported Thursday night. But emergency crews soon realized one worker was unaccounted for and began a search-and-rescue operation.

The search lasted through the night, with structural engineers brought in to advise rescue workers on how to proceed.

Thirty firefighters and medics and almost as many contractors and engineers were on the scene as of 3 p.m. Friday, said Mark Brady, Prince George’s fire department spokesman.

The man is believed to be buried under 40 to 50 feet of debris. Rescue workers planned to begin removing the debris shortly after 3 p.m. on Friday — a process that could take as much or more than five hours, fire officials said.

The plan is for two cranes to remove larger debris while contractors remove debris in the area where the man is thought to be located, creating a path for a search and rescue K-9 unit.

By Friday afternoon, one person was being treated for heat exhaustion and a public safety worker had broken his wrist, Mr. Brady said.

© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
TWT Video Picks
You Might Also Like
  • The District of Columbia has decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

    D.C. police quietly prepping for change in law on marijuana

  • D.C. Council member and mayoral candidate David Catania, at large independent, said that although he had some concerns with the city's fiscal 2015 budget, namely the 'yoga tax,' he said issues could be addressed in next year's budget discussions. (Associated Press)

    Council overrides mayor’s veto of fiscal 2015 budget

  • 3 killed, 4 wounded Sunday in three D.C. shootings

  • D.C. Councilmember Muriel Bowser, one of seven Democrats trying to unseat the incumbent District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray in next week's primary, campaigns on Capitol Hill neighborhood in Washington, Thursday, March 27, 2014. Loyalists are rallying around the mayor, and few are writing him off. But his troubles have provided an opening for one of his challengers, and D.C. Councilmember Muriel Bowser appears to be taking advantage. Two polls released a week before the primary showed Bowser in a statistical tie with Gray.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    Crime hits close to home for D.C. mayoral candidate

  • Gray

    D.C. Council to vote on Gray’s budget veto