Century-old Iowa building collapses
Wed, 09 Jul 2014 00:26:19 GMT —
A 100-year-old building in downtown Fairfield partially collapsed Tuesday.
That prompted crews to go ahead and tear down the rest of the unstable structure.
The building most recently housed the Tribune Printing Company. That business was in that location for 40 years.
Assistant Fairfield Fire Chief Jeff Six told KTVO the main trusses inside the structure gave way, which caused all the other walls to become unstable.
The Fairfield Police Department, Fairfield Fire department, EMTs and city maintence crews all worked to then tear down the remaining unstable walls.
Six said he was happy with how the city's workers responded to the event.
"We had a good first response between police and fire and EMS," Six said. "Nobody got hurt, and we had some pretty good gas leaks going in there, but we got the gas shut off early and quick and prevented it so we didn't have a problem."
There were a few people inside at the time of the initial collapse, but everyone was able to get out safely.
First responders also pushed three antique cars out of the structure to the west of the collapsing building. Excavation crews will continue to demolish and clean up the building for the next couple days.
Neighboring businesses remain open to the public.