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Abandoned building collapses in downtown Wilson

Posted September 11, 2008

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— Four people were able to escape from an abandoned warehouse in Wilson Thursday morning after its roof collapsed, fire officials said.

The building, which sits at 131 E. Pettigrew St. in downtown Wilson, has been condemned, and a crew had demolished it by Thursday afternoon.

Capt. Kevin Hubbard, with the Wilson Fire Department, said the four workers were inside the building removing roof support structures, which put strain on the building's outside wall. As the wall began to collapse, the roof also fell.

"It came down like a domino effect," said Samuel Edwards, one of the workers inside. "It just came down, slow. Then, it collapsed."

There were no reports of serious injuries, but one of the workers was treated for minor injuries.

"Had they not have seen the collapse beginning, early on, it could have been a lot worse when we got here," Hubbard said.

The workers were there to demolish the building for a nearby church, which has plans to turn the lot into a parking lot.

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  • teacher-mom Sep 11, 2008

    They were lucky.

  • beachboater Sep 11, 2008

    Let's see now. Guys are demolishing a building, right? They take out the roof supports, ya know the things that support the roof, right? Then the roof falls in, am I right so far?

    At this point, a building that is being demolished, the roof that has had the support structure taken down, falls in.

    Where is the news here?

    Maybe they should report on every house that is condemned and torn down. That would be a lot of news in eastern NC.

  • loudnoises Sep 11, 2008

    I guess their work is ahead of schedule now.

  • haggis basher Sep 11, 2008

    didn't a building collapse in a suburb of richmond yesterday, too? freaky....

    And how many million buildings do you think there are in NC and the States surrounding it? Plenty enough for minor collapses to happen in two adjacent States on a regular basis....

  • Just Mojo Sep 11, 2008

    remove roof supports, roof collapses - duh

    fortunatley no one was killed

  • WRALSUCKS Sep 11, 2008

    I wonder what happens when I pull THIS post out..?

  • Andrew from NC Sep 11, 2008

    Well, that makes the demo crew's job easier!

  • curiousgeorgia Sep 11, 2008

    Well, duh! If you remove the roof's support structure of course it will fall in! Sounds like an evolutionary dead end (I hope.) Still, very glad no-one was killed.

  • Shadow213 Sep 11, 2008

    didn't a building collapse in a suburb of richmond yesterday, too? freaky....