Avi­a­tion build­ing col­lapses

City re­port­edly had been warned about in­sta­bil­ity of struc­ture

The Covington News - - Front Page - By Jenny Thompson

Evening Wash­ing­ton Street com­muters were rerouted on Thurs­day af­ter the Bankston Avi­a­tion build­ing par­tially col­lapsed shortly af­ter 5: 30 p. m.

New­ton County Fire Cap­tain Rob Christo­pher said the build­ing’s sec­ond floor gave way caus­ing por­tions of the roof and the east sec­ond story wall to give way send­ing bricks tum­bling into the drive­way to C& S Mini Stor­age and onto Wash­ing­ton Street.

Christo­pher said no one was in­jured, but dam­age was re­ported to one ve­hi­cle trav- el­ing on Wash­ing­ton Street.

Util­i­ties to the un­oc­cu­pied build­ing had pre­vi­ously been cut off and were checked by city work­ers.

The site was deemed an im­me­di­ate haz­ard, mean­ing it must be com­pletely torn down as soon as crews are avail­able.

The owner of the ad­ja­cent build­ing, Jimmy Clark, said he had pre­vi­ously warned the city about the in­sta­bil­ity of the struc­ture.

Rav­ages of time: Law en­force­ment of­fi­cers in­spect the dam­age at the old Bankston Avi­a­tion build­ing on Wash­ing­ton Street, which par­tially col­lapsed shortly af­ter 5: 30 p. m. Thurs­day. No in­juries were re­ported.

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