Crews work to stabilize collapsing building considered ‘highly dangerous’ northeast of downtown

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Firefighters remained on the scene of a partial building collapse at Missouri and Campbell all day Wednesday to ensure the safety of people in the Columbus Park area.

Firefighters were dispatched to the building just after 10:00 a.m., Wednesday after a portion of the 100-year-old building fell onto a car.

No one was hurt, but because businesses use the first floor, the building had to be evacuated.

"There's been a car damaged in there. We had to evacuate that structure, along with adjacent structures as well," said Battalion Chief James Garrett.

As they worked to stabilize the building, crews used extreme caution. Firefighters say the roof is the only thing keeping what's left of the rest of the wall in place.

"I'd classify it as highly dangerous," Garrett said. "It's definitely a danger that it possibly could collapse, and so we have to prepare for that."

The city says the mixed-used building is approximately 100 years old. Structural engineers determined that the third floor and front of the building will need to be removed for stabilization, that work is expected to begin Wednesday afternoon. In the meantime, the structure is now considered a dangerous building, the owners will have 30 days to make substantial progress rebuilding it.

Neighbors say no one lives in the building. Numerous businesses have moved in and out of the first floor of the building over the years and the 2nd and 3rd floors were vacant. According to city records, in 2013 inspectors found the building wasn't structurally sound while investigating another issue. Following the initial inspection on June 18, 2013, the problems from that case weren't fully corrected until November 5, 2015.

Neighbors like Hector Martinez watched as firefighters worked.

"It`s a pretty old building. This shouldn't happen. Usually the city should inspect it, anything like this, they should have an inspection to make sure these buildings are safe for the public," said Martinez.

City records show inspectors have been to the property many times and they didn't find problems with the parapets. Most of the issues were for trash and weeds.

"Imagine if it keeps on raining. The whole building could collapse," Martinez said.


This is not related to the water main break at the City Market, which was less than a mile away.

The 10" water main that broke resulted in a small hole in the ground while crews worked to make repairs. A few businesses were without water as crews worked, but the city hopes to have repairs complete by 4 p.m., Wednesday. Bricks are expected to replaced by Friday.

 

Firefighters are on the scene of a partial building collapse in the River Market area Wednesday morning.

Firefighters are on the scene of a partial building collapse in the River Market area Wednesday morning.

A closer look at the partial building collapse.

A closer look at the partial building collapse.