Could this be a sign of what’s to come? Historic Kansas buildings crumbling and crashing to the ground? It happened to one in Greenwood County.
Residents in Eureka woke up to a historic building in downtown scatted on the road. Thankfully no one was hurt, but the city administrator says the discovery is an eye-opener for the city and other small towns.
“The bricks from the top came tumbling down, it just happened in an instant,” said Greg Colangelo, building owner.
Like a tornado…is how the building owner says his son described the building collapse from Thursday morning.
“Knocked the air condition down that was hanging in his apartment,” said Colangelo.
The owner, Greg Colangelo, says his son was inside the historical structure, when part of it, came down. His business also operates here. He says he doesn’t know what’s next for them.
“It looks like it’s leaning out in spots and so I got a feeling that there’s some more that could fall,” said Colangelo.
It’s a concern among city leaders, who have requested that part of the road be blocked from traffic. Eureka City Administrator Ian Martell says it’s a serious situation, that exists in many small towns.
“These old main streets, some were built in the late 1800’s and so that’s quite a few years ago,” said Ian Martell, Eureka City Administrator.
Martell hopes it serves as an eye opener to downtown building owners in small towns.
“Delve into the structure of it to make sure it’s still intact and safe,” said Martell.
Colangelo says they didn’t know there was a problem with the brick and it is known as a strong building. He says for now, the yellow tape will stay up.
Colangelo will be speaking with an engineer to find out the next steps and he believes the tornado from this summer may have played a role in today’s collapse.