SHAWNEE, Okla. (KFOR) – A collapsed building in Shawnee is now causing road closures.
Last week, a building along Shawnee’s Main Street unexpectedly collapsed during its scheduled demolition.
Shawnee City Manager Andrea Weckmueller-Behringer tells KFOR a private contractor was working to take down the structure when the north portion of the dilapidated building partially collapsed.
A wall shared with the neighboring business was exposed during the collapse, and it started buckling.
“Although the shared wall appeared to look like concrete to the contractor, it turned out to be brick with what appeared to be little mortar or dry-stacked, and then covered by concrete-like stucco,” said Weckmueller-Behringer.
Thankfully, Shawnee’s Chief Code Official and Fire Marshal was able to get the people inside the neighboring business to vacate the premises before a portion of the shared wall collapsed into that building.
Now, the collapsed building is causing a road closure.
City officials say the section of Main Street between Broadway Ave. and Beard Ave. will remain closed for the next two weeks.