The Chron­i­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BU­L­AWAYO, Mon­day, Septem­ber 23, 1991 — Fif­teen work­ers yes­ter­day es­caped un­hurt when a build­ing at the cor­ner of Ge­orge Silundika Street and 10th Av­enue they were work­ing on col­lapsed caus­ing ex­ten­sive dam­age to prop­erty. Fair­way Build­ing which was un­der con­struc­tion, col­lapsed mys­te­ri­ously at about 2.30PM.

The owner, who iden­ti­fied him­self only as Mr Ed­mond, rushed to the site to su­per­vise work on the walls that were crack­ing and fall­ing apart. “The build­ing just started to fall to pieces when the work­ers were busy at work. We all heard the noise and quickly ran out as the whole struc­ture be­gan to fall,” Mr Ed­mond said.

A ten­ant rent­ing a sec­tion of the build­ing which was ex­ten­sively dam­aged ar­rived soon after the in­ci­dent. A row erupted soon after his ar­rival as he and Mr Ed­mond ex­changed harsh words. The ten­ant, who de­clined to iden­tify him­self or caus­ing the col­lapse of the build­ing, say­ing he ig­nored his ad­vice to en­gage a com­pe­tent ar­chi­tect.

On the other hand, Mr Ed­mond ac­cused the ten­ant of be­ing in­hu­mane. He said the ten­ant showed con­cern for com­put­ers and pa­per in­stead of hu­man life which could have been lost.

Mr Ed­mond, who bought the build­ing from Park­lane In­vest­ments about a year ago, said he in­tended to ren­o­vate the more than 30-year-old build­ing and lease it out. Ren­o­va­tions on the build­ing were started last week by Peter’s Build­ing Com­pany of Bu­l­awayo.

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