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OAW Sports Complex in New Berlin suffers partial collapse from severe weather – TMJ4 News

NEW BERLIN, Wis. — The roof of the OAW Indoor Sports Complex in New Berlin partially collapsed, in large part due to rain and severe weather Tuesday night, authorities say.

A city of New Berlin spokesperson wrote in a statement that crews responded to the building around 7:47 p.m. for a partial collapse with as many as 50 people inside. They shut off the natural gas line to the building because a strong odor was coming from the front door.

The owner of the building told fire crews that he was confident everyone got out, after reviewing onsite security camera footage.

The spokesperson says crews deemed the building “very unsafe.” No one is allowed back in the building. The roof collapsed on the southwest corner of the building, and the entrance is blocked off and is being guarded by police officers.

“The cause is still under investigation and Structural Engineers are working with the City of New Berlin Inspection Department to further assess and determine the cause of the collapse,” according to their statement.

The facility is located at 5330 S. Racine Ave.

OAW shared the news on its social media accounts around 8:45 p.m. A few hours prior to the storm, the indoor sports complex shared pictures online from its Tune-Ups event.

“A packed house,” OAW said on Facebook. “Over 90 athletes putting work in.”

The National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Warning for Milwaukee and Waukesha counties ahead of severe thunderstorms on Tuesday. New Berlin is located along the Milwaukee and Waukesha County border.

TMJ4 News reached out to OAW Tuesday evening and they declined to comment on the situation.

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NEW BERLIN, Wis. — The roof of the OAW Indoor Sports Complex in New Berlin partially collapsed, in large part due to rain and severe weather Tuesday night, authorities say.

A city of New Berlin spokesperson wrote in a statement that crews responded to the building around 7:47 p.m. for a partial collapse with as many as 50 people inside. They shut off the natural gas line to the building because a strong odor was coming from the front door.

The owner of the building told fire crews that he was confident everyone got out, after reviewing onsite security camera footage.

The spokesperson says crews deemed the building “very unsafe.” No one is allowed back in the building…….

NEW BERLIN, Wis. — The roof of the OAW Indoor Sports Complex in New Berlin partially collapsed, in large part due to rain and severe weather Tuesday night, authorities say.

A city of New Berlin spokesperson wrote in a statement that crews responded to the building around 7:47 p.m. for a partial collapse with as many as 50 people inside. They shut off the natural gas line to the building because a strong odor was coming from the front door.

The owner of the building told fire crews that he was confident everyone got out, after reviewing onsite security camera footage.

The spokesperson says crews deemed the building “very unsafe.” No one is allowed back in the building…….

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