Del Ray residents displaced after partial building collapse

(Photo: Carolyn Alers)

(WJLA) - The residents of 19 apartment units in the Del Ray area of Alexandria were displaced Thursday morning when a portion of a brick veneer wall collapsed outward, falling onto several parked cars below.

The incident occurred just before 5:30 a.m. at the Commonwealth Crossing apartment complex at 1706 Commonwealth Ave.

Alexandria firefighters responded to the scene and all residents were immediately evacuated.

According to the fire department, a preliminary investigation did not reveal any interior collapse issues, however another portion of the exterior of the building had to be secured "for fear of additional collapse issues."

After an assessment by the Code Administration Department, the building was subsequently condemned, deemed uninhabitable.

Currently, none of the residents of the 19 apartment units have requested relocation assistance, but all residents were temporarily sheltered during the investigation, and then loaded onto buses to take them out of the area.

Damages have been estimated at $150,000. There were no reported injuries by any of the residents or emergency responders.

Officials reported Thursday afternoon that powerful winds were determined to be the official cause of the partial collapse.