Historic building in Meriden demolished after partial collapse

MERIDEN, CT (WFSB) – A historic but unoccupied building in Meriden was demolished Wednesday night following a partial collapse.

Meriden firefighters said they received a report on Wednesday of a building collapse around 5:30 p.m.

Meriden Police said Broad Street was closed between Liberty Street and East Main Street.

They said the building had collapsed on its own after being vacant for over a decade.

The building inspector arrived shortly after the crews arrived on the scene and decided that the building should be demolished.

No injuries were reported.

“The building has been unoccupied for a long time. I was told there was one unoccupied fire in 2009-2010,” Meriden Fire Department Chief Ken Morgan said.

Morgan said there was no danger to nearby buildings.

“The gas has been secured in the building which is occupied on the other side,” he said.

Neighbors told Channel 3 they were surprised when they saw the building start to collapse.

“It has been vacant for years. It caught on fire, so it was vacant, but I didn’t expect that. It’s crazy,” said John Colon of Meriden.

Morgan said Meriden firefighters have been monitoring the building for some time.

“They’re making mental plans, but I don’t really know if they’ve made a plan of what to do if it falls apart,” he said.

Investigators said they are still investigating exactly what led to the partial collapse in the first place.

A building on Broad Street in Meriden was due for demolition, according to the town’s mayor.

Part of Broad Street in Meriden is closed on Wednesday evening after a building collapsed.


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