Aviation building collapses
City reportedly had been warned about instability of structure
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.