Part of a brewery collapsed in Astoria on Tuesday night, with much of its roof collapsed and parts of the building suspended in the Columbia River.
No one was killed or injured and the restaurant was closed at the time, The Astorian reported. A natural gas leak was reported and utilities have since been shut off. U.S. Coast Guard and rescue workers rushed to the scene.
In a tweet, Buoy Beer said “everyone is safe.”
Authorities do not yet know what caused the Buoy Beer warehouse-style building to collapse.
Jessyka Dart-McLean, Buoy Beer’s marketing manager, said the part of the building that collapsed had already been closed to employees and the public. The popular brasserie, located on a pier, closed its kitchen in September after discovering problems with the quay and the piles below.
“The waters of the Columbia River are moving, and that’s what we were fighting against in this area,” she said.
Jordan Lance, a former head cook who previously worked at Buoy Beer, was among the onlookers gathered on the Sixth Street pier.
“I’m really sad to see this happen, but I knew it would happen sooner or later,” he said.
The company, one of the largest breweries on the North Shore, has expanded the waterfront campus into nearby buildings in recent years.
City Manager Brett Estes said officials are assessing the stability of the structure.