GADSDEN, Ala. (WIAT) — Gadsden and Etowah County Emergency Management Agency are investigating the cause of a building collapse near the city’s downtown area Wednesday evening.
The building, located on the corner of South 12th Street and Forrest Avenue, suddenly collapsed around 5:58 p.m. In a statement released by the City of Gadsden Thursday, no injuries were reported and no cause for collapse has been determined so far.
“It’s an older building and it wasn’t in the greatest shape,” Public Affairs Coordinator Michael Rodgers said. “We don’t know what caused it. They’ve kind of done a preliminary investigation, but I don’t think there’s been any sort of cause that’s been apparent for why this has happened.”
“It’s just amazing that a building collapses and falls in on itself,” Gadsden resident Tim Sims said. “Thank God nobody was in there.”
Residents are in awe that a building could simply collapse for no reason.
“It’s crazy,” Gadsden resident Roswell Lara said. “I never thought something like that would happen out here, but the buildings are kind of old.”
Authorities say the privately owned building was 87 years old and has been unoccupied for over three years. Each entrance was sealed prior to the collapse, but the remaining parts of the building were unsealed and searched by authorities.
Rodgers said the streets reopened just before 2 p.m. Thursday.
Stay with CBS 42 as this story develops.