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March 23, 2023

Ceiling collapses in Bucharest commercial centre, no victims

Bucharest’s Carrefour – Vitan Barzesti commercial centre was evacuated yesterday after a plasterboard ceiling located close to the moving stairways’ area collapsed. According to the Bucharest Police, there were no victims although 11 rescue teams were dispatched on the scene at first.

The ceiling collapsed on the first floor, above the moving stairways leading to the restaurants below. Basically a large chunk fell from the plasterboard ceiling, with another chunk collapsing from another section of the ceiling after the firefighters and ambulance crews arrived to assess the situation.

District 4 Mayor Cristian Popescu Piedone stated for Mediafax that more than 500 square meters of plasterboard ceiling were affected but the building’s concrete structure is not affected. The Mayor explained that the collapse followed the domino principle, with the first board that collapsed triggering all the others to collapse on a surface of 500 square meters. At the same time the Mayor drew attention to the fact that a real disaster would have taken place ha this happened during the week-end. Vitantis Shopping Center, the owner of the commercial centre, said the incident took place at the first floor, in an area that was closed for redecoration and that Carrefour hypermarket was not involved in any way.

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