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Bar ceiling collapses in Rochester Hills injuring patrons


ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. – Parts of a ceiling in bar in Rochester Hills collapsed Tuesday evening injuring several patrons.

It happened at Muldoon’s Tavern which is at the corner of West Auburn and South Adams roads.

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Kevin Kowalski was sitting at the bar with friends when the overhang came crashing down.

"We heard a popping sound and all of a sudden the entire overhang of the bar collapsed and there were several people at the end of the bar that were trapped," Kowalski said.

The overhang fell on top of bar patrons, pinning them to the floor.

"We had to rush over and lift it off," Kowalski said. "One man was knocked out cold. Another gentleman was bleeding profusely from his forehead. It was very traumatic."

It appears metal fasteners holding the facade simply gave out.

"Because the facade fell, there were head injuries and the head bleeds quite a bit," Rochester Hills Police Officer Nancy Butty said. "That's why there was a lot of blood but at the time everyone departed here, they were all conscious."

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"This building was built in 1955 and that's been up there since then and there was no indication of anything going wrong," Butty said.

Four people were taken to the hospital.