Main Street reopens in Joplin - KOAM TV 7

Main Street reopens in Joplin

Updated July 29, 2013:  Demolition began Monday on what was left of the Carl Adams building in Joplin.  It collapsed Wednesday morning.

The nearly 100 year old structure was vacant and had been previously damaged by fire and the separate collapse of an adjoining building had left it weak.


Updated July 25, 2013 at 5:50 PM CST:  Joplin's Main Street from 7th to 10th Street reopened at about 5:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Demolition crews finished removing debris from a collapsed building on 9th and Main.

The nearly 100 year old structure was vacant and had been previously damaged by fire and the separate collapse of an adjoining building leaving it weak.

Officials say there may be future lane closures for further removal of the building and for drivers to use caution.


Updated July 24, 2013 at 4:00 PM CST:  Drivers heading home from work won't be able to use Main Street in Joplin as crews work to clear debris from an overnight building collapse.

Crews are now working to remove debris from what was once the Carl Adams Building in the 900 block of Main.

Early Wednesday morning the sagging roof pushed out the walls sending bricks and boards into Main Street.  A resident across the street says the collapse woke him and sounded like another tornado.

The building was built in 1914 was once connected two others, one of which was destroyed in a fire.  There's now concern for the structural integrity of the only remaining building.  It will be inspected once demolition is complete.

Assistant Public Works Director Jack Shaller says that could take some time because it has a basement that will have to be filled to allow for crews to work safely.

While the building was vacant, fire crews searched the building and used a Missouri Task Force Dog Team to search the building because neighbors report homeless people sometimes took shelter in the building when it rained.

Officials found now signs of anyone inside, then began clearing debris.

Officials hope to reopen Main Street Wednesday or Thursday, which could include lane closures so crews can continue working.


Posted July 24, 2013 at 10:47 AM CST:  At around 2:00 a.m. on Wednesday police and fire were called to a building collapse in the 900 block of South Main.  City officials say the three story building was vacant and there are no injuries.

A building nearby collapsed several months ago due to a fire and was subsequently demolished.  Authorities say the building that collapsed early Wednesday morning received smoke damage in that fire.

A demolition crew is coming in to raze the building.


Around 0200 hours on the 24th of July, the Joplin Police and Fire Departments responded to the 900 block of S. Main. They were notified that a building on the Westside of Main in the 900 block had collapsed.

Emergency workers responded to the scene and are still on scene as they try to clear the road and make the area safe as the building is not stable and may collapse more.

Main Street from 7th to 10th has been closed as a result.

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