UPDATE: Three buildings damaged in collapse, Main Street remains closed

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BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 24, 2020 — Before the sun rose on Wednesday, a building collapse caused uptown Beckley to look a little different. The roof of the Waltons Bail Bond building fell. Damage was caused to buildings on each side, one across the ally in the back, and caused a gas line to rupture.

Captain Joe Coughlin with Beckley Fire Department said after shutting the gas and electric off to certain buildings, the clean up process began.

“Our biggest threat right now is on Main Street the front top story of this building is unsupported and may fall at any minute, so we have closed Main Street for traffic and foot traffic, and we are waiting to see what we can do about that,” Coughlin said.

One of the buildings damaged by the collapse was the Jan Care building across the alley. Director of Marketing and Business Development for Jan Care, Rick Cornett, said equipment was damaged, but that is not all.

“Also impacted our communication center which is basically the life blood of the organization. All of our calls from a statewide level come in to the same com-center here,” Cornett said. “So we have basically moved across the street and have a make shift communication center for the time being.”

Cornett said they try to be prepared for anything to happen and Jan Care was back up running one hour after the collapse. The fire department is investigating the cause of the collapse.

Captain Morgan with the Beckley Fire Department confirmed the Walton’s Bail Bond building, Wells Fargo, and Steven New Law Office were all found structurally unsafe at this time and no one is allowed in the building. He said the next step is for the insurance companies and engineers to assess damages. He confirmed Main Street will be closed until further notice until engineers deem the area safe.

BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — A road is closed in Beckley after a building partially collapsed on Main Street.

Dispatchers tell us the call came in just before 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 24, 2020. Nobody was injured.

Main Street is closed while crews work to clean up the damage.

Beckley Councilman At-Large Tim Berry told 59News the roof collapsed on the old Walton Bond building. Berry said the collapse also caused damage to a building across the street which houses Jan-Care Ambulance supplies.

The Beckley Fire Department, Beckley Police Department and Jan Care Ambulance responded. An investigation into what caused the building to collapse is under way.

59News has a crew heading to the scene, stick with us for the very latest.

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