Wind may have been a factor in building collapse

6:01 PM, Dec 20, 2012   |    comments
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By Alex Fees

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - A portion of a historic building collapsed this afternoon in the 1300 block of North Garrison. It was the former location of Tillie's Corner Grocery Store.

St. Louis Fire Department officials say wind was a likely cause.

Fire officials say the building collapsed onto a corner of an occupied building next door. It blocked the exit of the occupied building.

While fire officials were talking to Carla Alexander, who was working in the occupied building, a wall attached to that building also collapsed.  Firefighters had to rescue Alexander through a second story window.

No one was hurt.

Fire officials say in high winds like we experienced Thursday, collapse is a hazard for buildings that are structurally vulnerable.


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