Contractor from Slinger dead after garage collapse in Fox Point

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FOX POINT (WITI) -- 38-year-old Sean Held, a contractor from Slinger, was killed after a garage collapsed on him in Fox Point Wednesday morning, October 30th. Now, many different agencies are trying to figure out what happened.

The garage was part of a residence near Santa Monica Blvd. and N. Bell Rd. in Fox Point. It was in the process of being rehabilitated.

"It's very uncommon to respond to something like this," said Fox Point Police Chief Tom Czaja. "I know that the contractors were shoring up the building at the time when the building collapsed. There was one individual in the building at the time."

Czaja says his department and the North Shore Fire Department responded immediately after two 911 calls came in around 9 a.m. Wednesday.

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"We found that a garage had collapsed on an individual that was working on the garage. NSFD extracted the individual and upon extraction we found out he was deceased," said Czaja.

Nobody else was hurt in the collapse.

A section of Santa Monica Blvd. in front of the house where the collapse happened was shut down for about three hours as investigators remained on the scene. Just after noon on Wednesday, the scene was cleared and the street was reopened.

Investigators have not said what caused the garage to collapse. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office, and the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office are assisting the Fox Point Police Department in the investigation.

The owner of the house applied for a permit to do work on the garage on August 17th with the Village of Fox Point. The permit was issued on August 19th. MDM Builders, LLC out of Slinger was listed as the contractor. MDM's owner, Mike Myers told FOX6 News that Held was subcontracted to do the work.

Myers told FOX6 he learned about the accident from watching the news. He says it was a simple job and says he never thought anything like this would happen.

Myers says he is "sick to his stomach" over the incident.

Neighbors watched for hours as crews worked to find answers.

"It's scary to think that someone passed so close to our home. It's terrible. There's a risk in that work, there's a risk in all work, but it's just so sad to hear," neighbor Jenni O'Brien said.

Contractor killed after garage collapse

Contractor killed after garage collapse

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