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Downtown building survives lightning strike          Send a link to a friend

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 facade.

Patrick Doolin
Integrity Data

(Posted July 28, 2006)

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