Roof of Vacant Gene's Market Tumbles To Streets During Town Festival

Crews Demolish Warren Building After Collapse (VIDEO & PHOTOS)

By Eric Dutkiewicz

July 6, 2013 Updated Jan 8, 2014 at 6:56 PM EST

WARREN, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) - .Crews demolished the former Gene's Market in Warren, Indiana Saturday morning after a portion of the building collapsed last night during the Salamonie Summer Festival.

Witnesses tell authorities around 8:00 Friday night they heard a loud noise, and saw a top section of the former Gene's Market, 100 block of N. Wayne St., give way. Bricks and glass fell into the street below.

The building collapse came minutes after a parade went through the downtown streets for the annual town celebration.

"We had participants and people that were walking in the parade there on the sidewalk," Huntington County Deputy Sheriff Ron Boxell says. "They were able to exit before a large chunk fell and scattered in the debris field."

Minor injuries were reported at the scene.

"It's terribly unfortunate for the festival, and for the festivities going on here, but truly a blessing that nobody was severely injured. Because we could have had a major tragedy here," Boxell adds.

Witnesses say the grocery store has been closed for years. Emergency crews say no one was inside the building at the time of the collapse.

A structural engineer was called in to survey the structural integrity of the building before fire department would be allowed into the building.

Police closed a significant portion of downtown streets near the building.




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