Garage at famed Watergate collapses, one person reportedly trapped

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Parking Garage Collapse At Famed Watergate Complex

(Reuters) - Three floors of a parking garage at the Watergate complex in Washington collapsed on Friday, reportedly trapping at least one person, local authorities and media reported.

The structure suffered a "pancake collapse," according to a Twitter posting from Washington fire fighters. The complex, made famous by the 1972 political scandal chronicled in the book and movie "All the President's Men," is undergoing renovations.

Oscar Mendez, a spokesman for the D.C. Fire and EMS Department, said authorities received reports of one person trapped.

Mendez said units were dispatched around 10 a.m. to the complex, located several blocks from the U.S. State Department. The city's fire department said the road near the complex had been closed.

Two local news outlets reported one person had been injured.

Representatives for the Watergate could not be immediately reached for comment.

(Reporting by Susan Heavey and Emily Stephenson; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

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Garage at famed Watergate collapses, one person reportedly trapped
Members of the DC Fire Department work to open rescue equipment to take into the garage at the Watergate complex in Washington, Friday, May 1, 2015, after a construction incident. A fire department spokesman said firefighters were called to the scene were three stories of the garage apparently collapsed. The area was under construction at the time. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
DC Fire Department move equipment into the garage at the Watergate complex in Washington, Friday, May 1, 2015, after a construction incident. A fire department spokesman said firefighters were called to the scene were three stories of the garage apparently collapsed. The area was under construction at the time. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Evacuated construction workers who were working at the Watergate wait outside the garage at the Watergate complex in Washington, Friday, May 1, 2015, after a construction incident. A fire department spokesman said firefighters were called to the scene were three stories of the garage apparently collapsed. The area was under construction at the time. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Evacuated construction workers who were working at the Watergate complex stand outside the garage of the complex in Washington, Friday, May 1, 2015, after a construction incident. A fire department spokesman said firefighters were called to the scene were three stories of the garage apparently collapsed. The area was under construction at the time. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
DC Fire Department move equipment into the garage at the Watergate complex in Washington, Friday, May 1, 2015, after a structural collapse incident. A fire department spokesman said firefighters were called to the scene were three stories of the garage apparently collapsed. The area was under construction at the time. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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