Partially collapsed building evacuates Middletown homeless shelter

Published: Oct. 6, 2013 at 8:52 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 7, 2013 at 3:45 AM EDT
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MIDDLETOWN, OH (FOX19) - A partially collapsed Middletown building has called for the evacuation of a nearby homeless shelter.

The partially collapsed building, located at 39 South Main Street, was an old furniture and appliance store. However, the building is now condemned.

"The heavy rains in the area, we feel, contributed to the collapse of the roof," said Capt. David Adams of the Middletown Fire Department.

After the collapse, crews started checking out surrounding buildings to make sure they weren't next to go.

"We checked adjacent buildings for any damage or injuries.  Luckily, the building directly north was vacant," added Adams.

But, it's the building on the other side causing more concern.

The Hope House, a facility helping the homeless, is that building.  Officials say more than 30 people are housed there.

"We were concerned for their safety.  They were not in the building at the time of the collapse.  The building inspector has determined that it's safe for them to be in the building," Adams told FOX19.

A structural engineer will assess the building on Monday.  Until then, South Main Street between Central and First Avenue in Middletown remains closed.

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