Saturday, July 4, 2020

Building Begins to Collapse Overnight in Mahanoy City

After years of deterioration, a building in Mahanoy City began to collapse overnight.

Around 12:00am, Saturday, fire personnel were called to the intersection of Maple and Main Streets in Mahanoy City for a possible structure collapse.

Crews at the scene found the roof of the old Sheehan Beer Distributor had collapsed to the second floor.

Street crews closed Maple Street early Saturday and roped off the area that will be in place until further notice due to debris falling into the street.
No injuries were reported during the collapse.

According to Mahanoy City Code Enforcement Officer Bill Killian, the building is owned by Goldstein Couriers, LLC, out of Baltimore, Maryland who has owned the property since 2015 from a tax sale.  

Killian said that numerous notices of violations have been sent to the property owners and have been cited for the dangerous building conditions and have failed to respond to any hearing notices.

Responding to the incident were the Mahanoy City Police Department, West End Fire of Mahanoy City, Borough Fire Chief Dan Markiewicz, PPL, and the Mahanoy City Street Department.

Fire Chief Markiewicz and Code Enforcement Officer Killian remained on scene until about 3:00am, Saturday.

As of 10:30am, Saturday, additional debris laid in the area around the structure and the walls continued to bow.

Photos and Story by J. Reed

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