YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: What originally went out as a report of a partial building collapse at the former Ridgewood sporting goods store once known as “Bernard’s” turned out to be large chunks of a sub-roof and drop ceiling that fell into the vacant storefront.
Village police, firefighters and EMS workers rushed to the site at Oak Street — the former home to Village Sports Center — after a dispatcher received a 911 call just before 5:30 tonight.
Arriving units saw mounds of wood and plaster through the front windows of the single-story structure before determining what happened.
They breathed a collective sigh of relief after discovering that no one was trapped inside.
The roof itself wasn’t damaged, nor did the structure appear compromised in any way. As a precaution, Ridgewood firefighters checked neighboring structures for damage.
Ridgewood’s chief building code enforcement official, Anthony Merlino, was on scene, along with village Police Chief John Ward, Fire Chief James Van Goor ( below ) and EMS/Emergency Services Chief Brian Pullman, all personally directing their response teams.
Oak Street remained closed between East Ridgewood and Franklin Avenues while authorities investigated. It reopened around 6:45 p.m.
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