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.