Downtown McPherson building partially collapses, no injuries


MCPHERSON, Kan. (KSNW) – The McPherson Police Department said a downtown building partially collapsed Tuesday morning.

The police department said they took a report of a loud boom that sounded like an explosion in the 100 block of N. Main St. and Marlin St.

Taryn Vetter, the owner of the old Opera house which is now two businesses and home, said she was in the building when it happened. Vetter wasn’t in the back of the building but in the front part of the structure which was conducive to her remaining unhurt.

“About a quarter to 10, I heard the most horrendous awful sound that continued,” said Vetter.

Vetter said it was the old opera hall that collapsed.

“When I opened the door, I could tell. I knew exactly there was debris, dust ,and I could see the back wall was out it had fallen out of the building,” she said.

Ryker Duncan is an artist, who sketches in the old opera hall. He said fate kept him away.

“I shaved this morning and if I wouldn’t have shaved, I actually would have been up working,” he said.

The McPherson fire chief said they still don’t know what caused the collapse and will be working to secure the building until late Tuesday evening.

“There were a lot of things that could have happened in a wrong way and god is good he kept us all safe,” said Vetter.

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