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April 24, 2014

Garage collapses hours after vehicle rammed structure

JOHNSTOWN — No one was hurt when a garage collapsed Thursday afternoon in the Oakland section of Stonycreek Township, Cambria County.

Part of the building housing Affordable Auto Sales, 1749 Bed­ford St., came down around 12:30 p.m.

The building had been rammed by a car about 12 hours earlier, said Jeffrey Lees, battalion chief for the Oakland Volunteer Fire Company.

“No one was inside at the time of the collapse, and no injuries were reported,” he said. “When the fire department was called there wasn’t a whole lot we could do. We made a perimeter around the building to keep people away.”

Lees said a man and woman were driving down Bedford Street around midnight when their vehicle apparently lost its brakes. The vehicle went through the parking lot of Carman’s Wholesale Tire, crossed Penrod Street and struck the Af­fordable Auto  building, he said.

“Throughout the day the structure became weak and the main beams of the garage collapsed,” Lees said.

All utility service to the building had to be cut before cleanup could begin, Lees said.

Patrick Buchnowski is a reporter with The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on twitter.com/PatBuchnowskiTD.

 

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