The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 9:59 am

30 evacuated after motel stair collapse

Chris Meyers The Journal Gazette

About 30 people were evacuated from a Fort Wayne motel after a stairway collapsed.

The exterior stairway collapse happened Wednesday afternoon at Relax Inn and Suites at 3527 Coliseum Blvd. W.

The Fort Wayne Fire Department said it was called to the motel after it got a report that a person needed medical care after a fall from collapsed stairs.

After tending to the patient, whose injuries were not specified, firefighters inspected the building and decided Neighborhood Code Enforcement and the local fire marshal needed to check the building.

Firefighters were concerned about how the building’s stairways could affect the ability of those on the second floor to leave, the fire department said.

The second-floor rooms were evacuated until a construction engineer could evaluate the building.

The local American Red Cross chapter was called to help anyone who may need assistance finding a new place to stay.


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