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UPDATE: Part of Vacant Building Collapses Into Street

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New information has developed on a vacant South Wheeling building that began crumbling down on to the road yesterday afternoon.

7News spoke to the building's inspectors who said the city has been in contact with the owner of the building, who is now in the process of hiring a private demolition contractor to take care of the structure within the next few days.

Inspectors say this is basically an emergency demolition and that there are steps that need to be taken, like an asbestos survey of the property, before the building can be taken down.

Officials say they are going to speed up what is typically a 10 day process. That portion of 33rd street will remain blocked until the work is finished. They say the house next door is not in any danger.

UPDATE:

Part of a vacant structure in Wheeling collapsed into the street on Thursday, sending bricks tumbling into the intersection of 33rd and Chapline streets.

Authorities said pieces of the structure simply started crumbling onto the ground about 1 p.m.

Wheeling firefighters, AEP, and city building inspectors were at the scene monitoring the situation. City Building Inspector Frank Wilson said the issue was so new to the city, that a letter had probably not even gone out to the owner of the home before it started crumbling to the ground. Pieces of the home even knocked power lines.

"It's probably because of the buildings age and water has gotten into it. It's got a lot of deterioration and it doesn't look like it's going to be too stable," said Wilson. "We got a hold of the owner and are going to try to get this abated as soon as we can. Any worry about the house next door? There is always a concern with a neighboring house that close."

One lane of the street remained closed as building inspectors and other city officials tried to contact the owner of the building. The home next door is occupied.

Wilson says they will need to work to get the crumbling structure down without damaging the neighboring home. At this point, Wilson says that by looking at it, it could come down at any time.

Stay with 7News and WTRF.com for updates on this developing story.

 


 

ORIGINAL STORY

Part of a vacant structure in Wheeling collapsed into the street on Thursday, sending bricks tumbling into the intersection of 33rd and Chapline streets.

On lane of the street remained closed as building inspectors and other city officials tried to contact the owner of the building. The home next door is occupied.

AEP has cut power to the building as crews tend to the scene.