Teen escapes as basement wall collapses during Monday rain

Teen escapes as basement wall collapses during Monday rain

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WARREN, Mich. (WJBK) - A 16-year-old teen boy escaped unharmed after a basement wall collapsed Monday night in Warren .

Josh Solmayor heard a loud boom when the basement when the entire wall collapsed on his house on Engleman Street, north of 10 mile.

"All of a sudden the wall collapsed," he said. "I had just enough time make it upstairs and be safe but we lost everything else."

His parents weren't home, but Josh led his 91-year-old grandmother and 13-year-old sister out from upstairs in the driving rain.

"I would have been crushed and lost my life," he said.

Solmayor's mother said that the insurance company did not come out but saw pictures and has ruled that the city is insured for sewer backup - but not for this flood damage.

"We're pumping out  hundreds of gallons of water a minute," said Buddy Baker of Malibu Homes. "There's a semi-load of dirt in the basement right now. We have to see if the footing was properly installed and what the cause was."

Neighbors say the Bear Creek once flowed through the area before the neighborhood was built.

The family has lived in the house 17 years and right now is staying with family.

They started pumping water out at 10 a.m. and it is still going at 10 p.m. Thursday.

The house has been ruled unsafe to enter.

"I'm not as heartbroken as you think I might be, because I almost lost my life," Solmayor said. "As long as I'm fine and my family's fine, materials are replaceable."


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