Sections of a strip club and three other buildings collapsed Friday afternoon in Northwest D.C. The cause of the collapse is still unknown at this time, but officials are pointing towards this week's record rainfall and work being done on site.
D.C. Fire and EMS responded to the collapse on 5th and K streets at around 3 p.m.
Fire officials said the initial investigation shows the rear of The Cloakroom gentleman’s club collapsed onto a three-story building next door.
The damage was limited to the inside of the buildings. But just before 4 p.m., the third floor of a building collapsed, which was caused by the roof of a neighboring building caving in and falling into the basement. It littered a wall of bricks on the sidewalks where entertainers had earlier leapt from an office window.
“Prior to the second collapse, we were in the rear of the building,” said D.C. Fire and EMS spokesperson Tim Wilson. “We had our K-9 unit inside trying to determine any additional persons in the building.”
“Fortunately everyone was outside during the second collapse,” Wilson added.
The exterior of the two heavily damaged buildings were still standing intact Friday evening. Building inspectors will be examining the structural integrity of other buildings on the block.
"It’s horrible,” said ANC Commissioner Rachelle Nigro. “That club just reopened back up. It was just refurbished. They did a nice job, and unfortunately as you can tell, it’s collapsed and I hope that everyone is safe.”
City building records show an alteration permit was issued in November 2012. And as recently as March, the building had passed a structural review.
“From what I’ve heard so far, there was some work going on to expand one of the businesses into an adjacent building,” said Wilson.
Police say one person was transported to the hospital with minor injuries.
5th Street will remain closed as officials determine the structural stability of The Cloakroom.
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