Heavy rain in the area during the collapse of the roof of the new sports complex in Berlin

The New Berlin Fire Department confirmed that about 50 people were inside the OAW Sports Complex when the roof partially collapsed Tuesday night. Heavy rain was in the area around 7:47 p.m. when firefighters were dispatched to the complex at 5330 S. Racine Ave. it was like a big lake. The water wasn’t coming off the roof, or at least not draining fast enough,” said New Berlin Mayor Dave Ament. According to a news release from the fire department, the owner of the building was on the scene and was confident that everyone was out of the building after viewing the footage from the complex’s security camera. We Energies responded to the scene to assist with the power and natural gas outage. According to the release, the building is considered “very dangerous” and no one is currently allowed inside. Structural engineers as well as the New Berlin City Inspections Department are working to determine the cause of the collapse. The release stated that heavy rain and weather were “a huge factor in this incident.” On Wednesday, the OAW Sports Complex released a statement thanking the community for the outpouring of support following the collapse. “My mother called me into the living room and showed me an image of the entire collapsed roof. And it didn’t look good. I’ll tell you this, said OAW Sports Complex user Mason Gross. Like many in the area, Gross, a young baseball player, was just beginning to appreciate the new facility and is now gone indefinitely. evacuated safely,” said Aaron Kale, co-owner of OAW Indoor and whose construction company built the building. “We are committed to finding the cause and making repairs so the complex can reopen and continue to serve the community.” The facility just opened in October.

The New Berlin Fire Department confirmed that about 50 people were inside the OAW Sports Complex when the roof partially collapsed Tuesday night.

Heavy rain was in the area around 7:47 p.m. when firefighters were dispatched to the complex at 5330 S. Racine Ave.

“I don’t think it should have happened. What exactly caused it? It seems from what I hear it was like a big lake up there. The water wasn’t coming off the roof, or at least it wasn’t coming out fast enough,” New Berlin Mayor Dave Ament said.

According to a news release from the fire department, the owner of the building was on the scene and was confident that everyone was out of the building after viewing the footage from the complex’s security camera.

We Energies responded to the scene to assist with the power and natural gas outage.

According to the release, the building is considered “very dangerous” and no one is currently allowed inside.

Structural engineers as well as the New Berlin City Inspections Department are working to determine the cause of the collapse.

The release stated that heavy rain and weather were “a huge factor in this incident.”

On Wednesday, the OAW Sports Complex released a statement thanking the community for the outpouring of support following the collapse.

“My mother called me into the living room and showed me a picture of the whole collapsed roof. And it didn’t look good. I’ll tell you this, said OAW Sports Complex user Mason Gross.

Like many in the area, Gross, a young baseball player, was just beginning to appreciate the new facility and is now gone indefinitely.

“What is most important to us is that no one was injured as a result of the incident. Everyone in the complex evacuated safely,” said Aaron Calle, co-owner of OAW Indoor and whose construction company built the building. “We are committed to finding the cause and making repairs so the complex can reopen and continue to serve the community.”

The facility just opened in October.

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