UPDATE: Emergency demolition order issued for collapsed building

South Bend, Ind. The row of buildings where a partial collapse happened early Monday morning in South Bend will be torn down.

On Wednesday morning, Mayor Pete Buttigieg issued an emergency demolition order.

“The collapse of this building is likely due to a combination of construction techniques, poor maintenance and excessive roof loading caused by heavy rain,” said St. Joseph County Building Commissioner Charles Bulot. “This building has not been properly maintained. Over the years water has been allowed to infiltrate the roof, floor and wall structures to the point where the building is now structurally compromised.”

Bids have been accepted and officials say the project will be awarded Wednesday.

“Equipment is to be brought in this week,” said Brian Haygood, Chief Inspector for South Bend’s Code Enforcement. “Utilities must be retired and we need to give the building’s owner an opportunity to salvage items from his business.”

The partial collapse happened around 1 a.m. Monday.

South Bend Code Enforcement tells NewsCenter 16 everything from 1017 through 1023 Lincolnway West needs to be demolished.

The city says the structural integrity has been disturbed to a point that the entire structure is unsafe.

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