Photos: Building Collapse Forces Evacuation of NW D.C. Strip Club

Parts of four buildings collapsed Friday afternoon, forcing a strip club's evacuation in northwest D.C. At first, the damage was limited to the inside of the buildings, but shortly after 4 p.m., the third floor of one building collapsed into the second floor.

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Jesse Rodriguez
Parts of four buildings collapsed Friday afternoon, forcing a strip club's evacuation in northwest D.C. At first, the damage was limited to the inside of the buildings, but shortly after 4 p.m., the third floor of one building collapsed into the second floor.
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A News4 camera was rolling when part of the exterior of the building collapsed.
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"[We were] just dancing, doing our routine... and the wall collapsed in on the kitchen and the bathroom.... Some of the girls were shaken up," Olivia, a dancer at The Cloakroom, told News4.
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Jesse Rodriquez
Witness told News4's Pat Collins they saw people jumping out of the second floor of the club.
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A partial collapse occurred inside The Cloakroom, which bills itself as an adult entertainment establishment. It was followed about an hour later by a collapse of the exterior.
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This photo was taken in April by Dan Silverman, of the PoPVille.com neighborhood blog in D.C. Large cracks were visible in the building last month.
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Jesse Rodriquez
Some of the affected buildings appeared to be under construction, reported News4's Pat Collins. The neighborhood has been undergoing a noticeable transformation over the past few years.
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The club opened at noon Friday, and had eight dancers scheduled to perform a noon through 7 p.m. shift.
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The exterior crumbled shortly after 4 p.m. Friday, about an hour after D.C. Fire and EMS responded to the scene for the internal collapse.
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A News4 camera was rolling as the third floor of the club collapsed into the second floor.
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As the dust began to settle after the collapse, what appeared to be flat-panel TVs could be seen on the remaining wall.
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