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April 19, 2013

Portion of building to be torn down

Rain blamed for collapsed wall of Sixth Street structure.

LOGANSPORT — Part of the building at 208 S. Sixth St. will be torn down this morning after a wall collapsed Thursday afternoon.

The Logansport Fire Department responded to a call about 12:30 p.m. Thursday and found the northeast corner of the building collapsed, according to Assistant Chief Steve Williams. Crews worked Thursday to stabilize the building, but Building Commissioner Bill Drinkwine said portions would have to be torn down this morning.

The building was vacant and there appeared to be no damage to the surrounding buildings as of Thursday afternoon, Drinkwine said.

Drinkwine said the northeast corner of the building, which included three floors, collapsed due to “rain and deterioration of the building.”

To prevent further rain damage, Drinkwine said crews were working to keep water off of the collapsed sections.

Drinkwine said they’re waiting until today to knock down the east portion because of Thursday’s inclement weather.

He said they were not planning to demolish the entire structure, but they would evaluate it once the damaged portions were removed.

“If we get to a stabilized point, then we’ll see what we can we do,” Drinkwine said.

Surrounding businesses were vacated Thursday out of safety concerns, he said.

Williams also cautioned residents to stay away from the area while crews are working on the building.

Logansport Municipal Utilities was also working to move utilities of the building, which caused a portion of North Street to be closed Thursday. The alleys to the south of the building were also closed.

The building, formerly La Rosita Restaurant, is owned by Manuel and Reinalda Loeza of Lombard, Ill. However, the building is listed for sale by Schwering Realty.

Drinkwine said he’s working to contact the owners to decide what to do with the building.

The building was built between 1899 and 1900 as a clothing and manufacturing company, according to the Cass County Historical Society. It was an extension of William D. Craig’s business, which had expanded to employ 35 girls.

Caitlin Huston is a staff reporter of the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5148 or caitlin.huston@pharostribune.com.

 

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