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1 trapped after ceiling collapse outside Tijuana Flats in Winter Park

Rescue crews safely removed woman from debris, officials say

WINTER PARK, Fla. – A woman was rescued late Monday after a section of ceiling came crashing down in front of a Winter Park restaurant, officials said.

Winter Park police said they were called to the Tijuana Flats on Aloma Avenue Monday night after part of the ceiling collapsed, leaving one woman trapped.

When firefighters arrived, they found the woman trapped under debris. Officials said she was safely removed and taken to a nearby hospital for minor injuries. 

It's unclear if the woman who was trapped was a restaurant employee, construction worker or bystander.

The shopping center, which is located near the intersection of Aloma Avenue and Lakemont Avenue, is currently undergoing renovation work to the exterior of the building.

Areas in front of the building were fenced off for the work, but businesses remain open during construction.

After the collapse, workers spent several hours cleaning and securing the area in front of the restaurant.

Video during the cleanup showed a section of ceiling stucco falling to the ground.

A building inspector at the scene Tuesday said the collapse may have been due to the materials' old age.

According to the inspector, the shopping plaza was built in the 1960s and is undergoing construction that is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Engineers are inspecting the entire building Tuesday and any old stucco will be removed, the inspector said.

He said he didn't see any danger in keeping business in the plaza open Tuesday.

Investigators said they are working to determine a cause for the initial collapse.

This is a developing story. Stay with News 6 and ClickOrlando.com for updates.


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