A Dozen People Out of Their Homes Due to Building Collapse

SHENANDOAH — About a dozen people are being kept out of their homes for at least the weekend.

Part of a building collapsed in Shenandoah Friday night, putting the houses surrounding it in danger.

The building is barely standing in the 200 block of North White Street in Shenadoah after a wall and roof caved in.

Alyssa Heintzelman lives around the corner and heard a loud crash Friday evening.

“We were inside painting and all of a sudden we heard a big crash, we thought it was just thunder because the skies were dark so we didn’t think anything of it,” said Heintzelman. “So I ran out here and the whole thing was collapsed and I went into my daughter’s room and you could see it collapsing in, I was like oh my god.”

Brothers Fabian and Adrian Flores also heard the wall and roof come down.

“We were watching TV and we heard a big noise, we thought it was thunder because of the clouds and stuff but he told me ‘oh the building fell down’ and I’m like ‘what, oh’,” said Fabian.

A Shenandoah Fire Inspector said fire crews secured the scene and says the borough engineer deemed it unsound.

PPL crews are expected on Monday to relocate power lines and utility poles that sit in front of the building so demolition work can start.

Until then, the people who live in the block around the building are being kept out of their homes.

“The ambulance and the police and they said you have to get out and I said can I grab some stuff and they’re like no we’d prefer if you didn’t go in and I said I have to go in a get some things, you know?” said Heintzelman.

Barbara Kilker’s brother lives across the street from that building.

She is very upset thinking someone could have been killed.

“That could have been a catastrophe or somebody just walking front of the building,” said Kilker.

Folks said there are a lot of buildings in Shenandoah that are in dangerous conditions but no one seems to be doing anything to make them safe.

“The building right up the block, that’s falling down too, there’s a big hole in there, there’s another building right there that looks it’s going fall and it seems they’re not doing anything until it’s a crisis,” said Heintzelman.

The fire inspector said PPL crews are expected at that building on Monday. It’s not clear exactly when demolition work will start in Schuylkill County.

10 comments

      • charlie kunicki

        First of all if property owners would pay taxes and borough bills on time . Just maybe small towns might not have these problems . A lot of the problems in this country is DRUGS

    • Tina

      Funny how when someone comments on this ,the subject in the email comes up as a dozen people out of their homes and not about Pot! And by the way I am not a pot head you must be!

  • Tina

    Saint Clair Borough has a property like the one in Shenandoah. They took conservatorship of the old Ritz theatre a couple of years ago never did the up keep that they were suppose to. Now it has deteriated to the point of no return , the roof is partially collapsed and the bricks on the building are falling out and the back wall is separating from the building so we r waiting for it to fall ! They don”t care about it . They are trying to push it back on the owner

    • WarlΦck

      Pot legal in PA. you’re kidding right? Unless of course you can figure out how to grow buds shaped like guns.

      • domari nolo

        pot like guns no problem warlock just tell em pass the bill…..PA GO GREEN !!! bet there would be less deaths from DUI and arrests. Likewise one can argue people will all be driving around stoned, which is why you should be 21 or older to purchase products from a state operated store.And if you do operate a motor vehicle in a heavily intoxicated state and are posing a danger to yourself and fellow motorists than yes you should go to jail. Notice I said state operated which means I want PA to tax it and make money. At the same time permits should be given to law abiding citizens to run grow ops and dispensary. Colorado 37% tax if you come off the street without medical card. I forget the tax with the card but basically you pay half the cost with your medical card. Also I’d like to see a provision so people with a medical card could grow up to six sexy ladies at there private homes for personal medical use.

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