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Car crushed after portion of pool crashes into Brookline garage

A concrete slab landed on a car parked in the basement garage of an apartment complex after a portion of an outdoor swimming pool two floors above it crashed down, Brookline fire officials said.

Firefighters and police responded to the garage at 1111 Beacon St. around 7:30 a.m. and determined there was a water leak. While they were there, the slab fell. No one was injured, Brookline police said in a Facebook post.

Renovations were being made at the building when the steps leading into the shallow end of the pool became dislodged and fell, Deputy Fire Chief Keith Flaherty said in a telephone interview.


“They were removing a swimming pool on the second floor, and it came down, crashed to the first floor [of the two-floor garage] and into the basement, partially crushing a car below,” he said.

The concrete slab was approximately 5 feet by 25 feet.

Flaherty said the incident affected some building utilities, but there were no injuries reported.

Officials from the Brookline Building Department were at the scene, he said, and a structural engineer was called in to assess the damage and check the stability of the garage.

Carl Valeri, president of the Hamilton Co., which owns and manages the building, said plans called for replacing the pool with an outdoor-style kitchen, a play area for children, and a gazebo. Construction has been underway for two weeks, he said, and the incident Tuesday was a minor setback.

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