Building Collapses In Council Grove

COUNCIL GROVE, Kan. (WIBW) -- Thursday crews from Council Grove finished blocking off a section of North Neosho Road, because of a building collapsing. The building, which housed Waddell and Reed, started to collapse on Monday.

Assistant Manager of the Neosho Plaza Apartments, Sylvia Riffel said "When I came home last night I noticed the wall was completely gone. So as you can see they barricaded the whole area." Riffel said she started notifying tenants on Monday to move their cars so nothing would get damaged.

The part of North Neosho Road is blocked off in front of the building, and three other buildings were condemned. Mayor of Council Grove, Steve Shepard said this was done to make sure no one got hurt.

Shepard said "We have contacted an architectural engineer so we know how to take the structure down. We don't want to just start pecking away. We want to make sure we are taking it down right."

The buildings around the collapsed one Shepard said, are beeing held up by a few retaining walls. He also said they had to cut down some of power line supporters near the building, because if they were to be damaged the whole city could lose power.

There are no injuries, and the building has not harmed any other building at this point.

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