Vacant Omaha Building Collapses


No one was injured when a vacant Omaha building collapsed Thursday morning.

The city code inspector got a call around 9:30 a.m. that the 95-year-old structure near 30th and State streets was starting to cave in. When the inspector arrived, the roof and a wall had collapsed.

"You never want to have a collapse, but in this case it collapsed where we had some parking that wasn't being used and so realistically this is as about as safe as we can make it at this point," said Omaha Chief Code Inspector Kevin Denker.

It could have been caused by the heavy, wet snow that fell Wednesday night while a drain wasn't allowing it to escape the roof.

The building was home to a variety of retail businesses over the years, most recently a dog day care. Plans are in motion to demolish the rest of the structure.


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