Downtown Asheville Building Collapse
Updated: Thursday, January 24 2013, 07:05 PM EST
Officials say a two story building at 15 Carolina Lane in downtown Asheville was unoccupied this afternoon when it collapsed. Crews arrived on the scene to find the vacant structure had endured a pancake collapse. The building has been undergoing remodeling demolition.
The two contractors who were thought to have been in the building at the time of collapse had actually not been at this location for several days. Fire personnel did search the building to ensure there were no victims. There are no reported injuries at this time.
Adjacent buildings to the collapse have been evacuated and utilities have been shut off.
Public Works is working to secure and re-open the public roads as quickly as possible. Officials have the entire stretch of Carolina Lane from Walnut to Hiawassee shut down. Walnut Street between North Lexington and Broadway is also closed.
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