OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) – According to the authorities, no one was injured when an awning collapsed in Overland Park around 2 p.m. on Friday.
The fire department went to the scene after someone called about a structure collapse in the 7800 block of Shawnee Mission Parkway.
The first crews at the scene said they could see an awning had collapsed on the front of a strip mall on the southern side of Shawnee Mission Parkway.
Business owners and patrons there said that no one was under the awning when it collapsed.
Firefighters immediately blocked off the surrounding area and searched the rubble to check and make sure there were no victims.
Patrons said that they had heard a loud noise and then saw the awning fall down from in front of about four businesses in the strip mall.
The cause of the collapse in unknown at this time. However, Overland Park’s Building Safety Division has deemed the structure unsafe until repairs can be made. Caution tape is up in the area.
About six storefronts have been affected by the collapse, which is all but one out of the whole block. Four vehicles parked in front of the businesses were damaged by the awning.
Although no one was injured, it was a close call for two people.
One of them was a customer at Midwest Tinting right next door.
He had just gone out to his car when it happened. An employee, Angel Root, didn’t see it and talked to him immediately after.
“He panicked, freaked out, ran,” said Root. “The lady working there was walking under the awning at the same time and they just both said it sounded like a freight train coming and it fell and they both just took off running.”
She said the businesses there, which have multiple names, are all affiliated with the We Buy Ugly Houses company.
Midwest Tinting is a couple walls over but they also had to close until a structural engineer gave them the go-ahead.