Pharos-Tribune

April 18, 2013

BREAKING: Wall of Sixth street building collapses

Portion of North Street to be closed until about 6:30 p.m.

by Caitlin Huston
Pharos-Tribune

LOGANSPORT — A portion of the building at 208 S. Sixth Street collapsed earlier this afternoon.

The Logansport Fire Department responded to a call at about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday and found the northeast corner of the building collapsed, according to Steve Williams, assistant chief. Bill Drinkwine, building commissioner, said the building is still unstable and portions will be knocked down Friday morning.

Williams said the building is vacant and there appeared to be no damage to the surrounding buildings.

Drinkwine said demolition workers are waiting until Friday to knock down the east portion, because of the inclement weather expected tonight. Crews are also working to stabilize the building today.

Drinkwine said the surrounding businesses were vacated out of safety concerns.

He said Logansport Municipal Utilities is also working to move utilities of the building, which will cause a portion of North Street to be closed until 5:30 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. tonight.

For now, Williams cautioned the public to stay away from the building.

“We’ve got some barricades and some scene tape up,” Williams said.

The building, which was formerly the La Rosita Restaurant, is owned by Manuel and Reinalda Loeza of Lombard, Ill.

Read Friday’s Pharos-Tribune for more on the cause of the collapse and the building’s history.