Royal Oak — Nine firefighters on a training session walked out of a building under construction mere minutes before the building partially collapsed Friday morning.
The incident occurred at about 9:30 a.m. at a new neuroscience building under construction on the William Beaumont Hospital Campus located at 13 Mile and Woodward Avenue.
“No one was injured, but our guys had left the area that collapsed just five minutes before it happened,” said Assistant Fire Chief Jim Cook. “There are a lot of guys walking around this morning saying, ‘Thank you, God.’”
According to a release from Beaumont, one half of the brick on the east side of the building detached and fell to the ground. The building site remains closed after the collapse.
According to Cook, the firefighters were there for a training session on the new building’s fire suppression system.
“We don’t go to inspect the actual construction,” Cook said. “We go to look at the sprinkler system and learn where the water hook-ups are located. It helps to determine how we would handle something if we had an incident over there.”
Structure engineers will be brought in to determine the cause of the collapse.