Resident of 2-story building okay after partial roof collapse in Eureka

Published: Dec. 13, 2018 at 10:27 AM CST
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Emergency crews in Eureka Thursday morning closed off a downtown street due to a two-story building's partial roof collapse. We've learned one man who lives in that building above an accounting business is okay.

Greenwood County posted a photo of the collapse on its Facebook page. In the photo, you can see a pile of bricks that fell off the building along with some of the facade.

The county says the 100 block off West 2nd Street was closed due to the collapse of the Colangelo and Tabor building. Residents were advised to avoid the area and not cross the barricades.

Officials don't know the cause of the partial collapse, but say they're glad the situation wasn't worse.

Eureka Fire Chief Doug Williams says the cause of the collapse won't likely be known until engineers can inspect the building, but he says it might have something to do with damage from a tornado that hit the town in June, the latest of multiple tornadoes that impacted the town over the past couple years.

Some homes and businesses in the town are still waiting for repairs from the violent storms.

Williams says strong winds Thursday morning didn't help.

Down the street from where Thursday's collapse happened, Jim Gooch had to put all new roofs on his businesses.

"It was a mess," Gooch says of Thursday's partial roof collapse down the street from him. "My first thought was, the way the tornado did my roof, I'm sure it had to weaken that roof there and the wall."