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Randy Mancini 62 December 3, 2021
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JUNE 16: A Minneapolis Police officer rolls up caution tape at a crime scene on June 16, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Minneapolis Police Department has been under close scrutiny following the death of George Floyd who died in police custody on May 25, 2020, after former officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes while detaining him. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

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A condo building in Waukesha, Wisconsin is now secure after being evacuated due to the threat of a structural collapse.

On Friday morning, the city announced 65 residents had been successfully evacuated from the building and that officials reviewed a plan to stabilize the structure in order to mitigate any imminent collapse. Waukesha Fire Chief Steve Howard and city leaders announced the evacuations after an independent inspection flagged the building for deteriorating structural conditions Thursday night.

The city said it received a complaint about the conditions of the condo’s balconies. Upon their removal, it was revealed there were deficiencies of the structural frame.

“Right now, it’s a lot of shock. Like what the hell, we just paid $12,000 to have the balcony repaired, and now they’re saying that’s probably what’s making it uninhabitable,” said Raschel Biagioli, an evacuee.

The street was just reopened outside 315 N. West Ave in Waukesha. There is now a sign on the door that reads, “DANGEROUS CONDITION.”

All families were evacuated from the 48-unit condo building last night. Most were given just minutes to gather everything they could and get out. pic.twitter.com/Ka5igWE8f5

— Rose Schmidt (@RoseSchmidtTV) December 3, 2021

As of Friday afternoon, officials said contractors had installed structural shoring onto the building to provide some immediate structural integrity.

“We’re trying to avoid a ‘Florida,'” said Lt. Kevin Rice, referring to the Surfside condo collapse that happened earlier in the year.

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