Margaret Avenue, Altoona, PA
Streets were closed in Altoona, Pa. when part of a building started to crumble on August 21, 2016.
The roof of the building, at 1747 Margaret Avenue, had previously collapsed before a large part of the facade fell around 8am on the morning of the 21st.
Owner of a nearby business, Butch Zavalanski heard the collapse. "I thought it was a train going through, but here it was a building falling down - kaboom," he said. "Thank God there wasn't anyone under it."
The building had formerly been home to an archery shop and karate club, but was more recently used for storage by owner Judith Green, who runs a recycling business. "I'm going to have to have it torn down. I'm devastated," Green stated.
- Russ O'Reilly, "Part of city building collapses," The Altoona Mirror, August 23, 2016, retrieved September 17, 2016.