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To the editor:
I wanted to give you a quick update on the status
of the building following the collapse of the facade early yesterday
morning. It has been concluded that lightning had struck the
building recently and weakened the joints of large pieces of
limestone. The heavy rains then washed the loosened mortar from the
joints, and then gravity eventually took care of the rest. There was
no damage to the interior of the building, and the building's
structure was not compromised.
We are very thankful that this happened in the early morning
hours and no one was hurt or vehicles damaged. A crane was used this
morning to remove additional materials that were deemed unsafe. Gene
Baker from Gene Baker Masonry and his crew have done an excellent
job of securing the area and cleaning up the materials. Equipment
was also supplied by Lincoln Iron and Metal to lift, haul and store
some of the limestone pieces that are estimated to weigh in excess
of 1,000 pounds each. We really appreciate everyone's hard work and
hope to have Kickapoo Street opened later this afternoon, following
an inspection and approval by the city.
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A masonry engineer from Peoria will be on-site later today to
assess the situation and provide options for reconstructing the
(Posted July 28, 2006)
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