Country music icon Reba McEntire was rescued by first responders on Tuesday, after the staircase of a historic Oklahoma building collapsed while she was on the second floor.
McEntire was at the more than 100-year-old building to scout the location for an upcoming project, when she and her team were trapped inside after the stairwell in between the second and third floor came crashing down onto the staircase below it.
“Oh it was pretty scary, I was worried about who was downstairs and how bad it was,” said Coby Scherrill who was visiting the location with the singer. “We were just touring the building and the stairwell was weak, it seemed weak, but we did not realize how weak it was until several people had gone down it and then we heard the crash and saw the stairs fall.”
Firefighters had to help multiple people, including McEntire, out of a second-story window and onto a fire ladder to get out of the building.
Video shows singer Reba McEntire climbing down a ladder from a second-floor window after a staircase collapsed while she was visiting a historic building in Oklahoma.
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The city’s Emergency Management Director, Travis Mullins, said the accident “opened our eyes to see exactly just how unsturdy they [stairwell] was and when they did collapse we see what little was holding them up.”
The singer was checked out by paramedics at the site and did not need to be treated further for injuries, she thanked first responders in a statement on Wednesday.
“While my team and I were in Atoka, OK yesterday checking out an old historical building, a staircase collapsed,” McEntire wrote on Twitter. “Thankfully, no one was seriously injured. We were safely evacuated from the building thanks to the quick response from the Atoka fire and police departments.”