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Inspectors say partially collapsed building needs to be demolished

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Authorities are on the scene of a partial building collapse at 20 Broadway Street in Downtown Toledo near Ottawa Street.

Part of the back of the building has collapsed and has fallen into Swan Creek. 

City inspectors have determined the entire building will need to be demolished after asbestos is removed.

Officials say the building is vacant. There are no reports of injuries.

"I think it was erosion on the foundation,” says Paul Ringlein, a Special Projects Manager for the City of Toledo. “That's the boiler room area there."

It has been empty since last summer.  City officials say the building was privately owned by an elderly couple who is believed to be deceased. The building was part of an estate.

Lt. Hertzfeld says there was a sprinkler line break in that building during the winter and that may have played a role in Monday's collapse.

"When you have thousands of gallons of water flowing into an older structure like this that is unheated, water can cause a lot of damage," says Lt. Hertzfeld. "Not just the water itself, but the weight of it as well can pose a challenge to any structure."

Yellow tape surrounds the entire building to keep people away because of the danger of falling debris.
 
One block of Broadway remains closed to traffic.This is across the street from The Oliver House.

A city inspector says the building is very old. 

“This building probably would’ve been here probably before the rails came in, so your dry goods that came off of the Erie Canal, it could be that old,” says Ringlein.

At one time it was a printing company. There was office space upstairs and storage space downstairs.

Inspectors have now determined it needs to be demolished.

“This building was built prior to the Civil War, as was the Oliver House, so you won’t find any structural steel,” says Ringlein. “So considering its severe leaking roof and its blighted condition, I would probably destabilize it anyways.”


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