No Injuries After Portion of South Minneapolis Mall Collapses

Updated: 05/06/2014 7:38 PM
Created: 05/06/2014 9:06 AM
By: Cassie Hart

A new portion of a South Minneapolis mall that is under construction collapsed Tuesday morning.

The collapse happened around 8:40 a.m. at Karmel Square on Pillsbury Avenue and Lake Street when the east wall of the third level fell onto the sidewalk, damaging electrical units and knocking live wires to the ground. The building is home to dozens of Somali-owned businesses.

Power was restored to the building nearly nine hours after the collapse

Everyone in the building had been evacuated and won’t be allowed in until an inspection is complete and crews determine it’s safe.

Police say a prayer room is being built on the third floor where the collapse happened. No work was being done at the time of collapse, and police say wind could possibly be a factor.

"When you are building this is probably one of the most vulnerable time of a building site, where it's not secured. One truss hit the other one and it just piled up. Like I said, the biggest thing is nobody got hurt," said Basim Sabri, the building owner.

Sabri had all of the necessary permits. The construction started just two weeks ago. The building is nine years old. It has 170 code violations in the past 2 1/2 years, which are mostly minor.

The owner is still hoping construction can be complete on the mall by the fall.

No injuries have been reported.

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