Roof of downtown Bainbridge building collapses




418_N_West_StreetPart of the roof on a downtown Bainbridge building collapsed earlier this week, and the building has now been declared unfit for people to go inside.

The rear portion of a building at 418 N. West Street in Bainbridge was discovered collapsed early Tuesday morning; officials aren’t sure exactly when the roof fell in. The building was vacant at the time and no one was injured. Two other adjacent buildings on West Street received minor damage when the collapse happened, according to Keith Pollock, code enforcement officer for the City of Bainbridge.

At one time, the building was the home of River Plaza Seafood. Its current owner, Kingdom of Heaven ministries of Attapulgus, Ga., had used the building for a church at one time, but the building was not being actively used, Pollock said.

Pollock said the roof’s collapse was attributed to a “structural issue” with the building. City of Bainbridge Public Works and Bainbridge Public Safety went to the site to mitigate any hazards that existed after the roof collapse, the code enforcement officer said. However, the property owners will be responsible for removing the large piles of rubble created in the collapse.

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The rubble left behind after the roof at 418 N. West Street collapsed sometime on May 4 or 5th, 2015. This picture was taken in between the rows of buildings on West and Broad streets, near their intersection with Calhoun Street.
The rubble left behind after the roof at 418 N. West Street collapsed sometime on May 4 or 5th, 2015. This picture was taken in between the rows of buildings on West and Broad streets, near their intersection with Calhoun Street.



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