100-year-old building demolished in Henderson after roof collapse

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HENDERSON, Ky. (WEHT)- A more than 100-year-old building in Henderson is no more after a series of mishaps lead to its demolition Saturday afternoon.

“The building itself was built in 1890 so that gives you some indication of the age of which this particular building is currently at,” Ray Nix says. “Probably well Long lived it’s livelihood I’m sure. “

The former Alles Brothers building at the corner of First and Elm Streets suffered water damage after a pipe burst in the building earlier this week. Friday night part of the roof caved in.

“The Alles Brothers name has been in Henderson for ever so I think that’s probably why you’ve got the audience you’ve got today,” Jeremy Baxter explains.

Late Friday night the roof caved. City officials believe the water had something to do with it. After clean up Friday night the city and a building expert decided it was too dangerous to keep the building standing.

“While we were here this morning they were bits and pieces that were still, as the building was continuing to shift a little bit, there were parts of the walls that were falling down,” Nix, the city Code Administrator, explains. “So it was really a good call just to go ahead and do it now and get it removed.”

But a roof collapse isn’t what the fire department thought they were working when the call came in Friday night. They were expecting some sort of explosion. But by the look of the windows and other things they were able to rule that out.

“The gas levels. Like I said as soon as our first trucks arrived on scene we are mediately started air monitoring,” Baxter says.

As crews worked to bring down the building people gathered on street corners to watch.

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(This story was originally published on Aug. 22, 2020)

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