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Partially collapsed East Columbus building will be demolished

The partially collapsed building on East Long Street.
Natasha Williams
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WOSU

Columbus work crews are shoring up what is left of a building on East Long Street that partially collapsed on Monday. Some people working in the area arrived to find a lot of roadblocks.

Charles Staight said his trip to work this morning was anything but a straight shot. He said the closer he got to the home he is renovating on 20th Street, the more roadblocks and caution tape he saw. His detours- all a part of the fallout from the partially collapsed building at 1032 East Long Street that tumbled Monday morning.

"There's just a bunch of debris on the street and the streets are all blocked off, I had to go around the block to get here," Staight said, who drives into town from nearby Dayton daily.

He said he wasn’t around when it happened, but didn’t realize he could actually see it from where he was working.

“Yeah, I was pretty shocked, I didn't realize we were working that close to it, just a half a block away. I was pretty shocked about it, I thought it was kind of a 'wow' factor,“ said Staight.

A carryout on the first floor of the over 100-year-old building was closed during the collapse. No one was inside. The property owner who lived on the third floor is responsible for demolishing the site.

"You just never know with the architecture around the neighborhood. It did surprise me that it kind of collapsed, you don't see that often, a whole half a building just falls in, so it was kind of an impressive sight to see this morning I thought," said Staight.

Williams joined the WOSU newsroom from the WLKY-TV in Louisville, KY, where she was a reporter. Natasha is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and has more than 20 years of television news and radio experience. Contact Natasha at natasha.williams@wosu.org.