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Police order an emergency demolition of the partial building collapse in downtown Buffalo

Posted at 7:53 AM, Dec 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-04 17:58:29-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Police are on scene of a partial building collapse at 435 Ellicott Street in downtown Buffalo. Authorities have now ordered an emergency demolition due to the building collapse.

In addition, Ellicott Street between Chippewa Street and St. Michael's Place is closed.

It is unknown what caused this roof to collapse.

This is the second time this building has collapsed this year. Back in August, officials told us a chimney caved in, and a portion of the building collapsed. The building had been condemned since that time.

According to the City of Buffalo, it took the owner, Buffalo Properties LTD., of Nyack, N.Y. to Housing Court after it failed to make the necessary repairs. The last it heard, the owner was waiting for the insurance claim to go through before making the necessary repairs.

This resulted in the people inside the building needing to evacuate.