published Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Chattanooga: Building collapses on M.L. King Boulevard this morning

Two vehicles were destroyed after a building collapsed at the former Liberty Bail Bonds and A&L Novelty Shop building off of M.L.King Blvd. early this morning.
Two vehicles were destroyed after a building collapsed at the former Liberty Bail Bonds and A&L Novelty Shop building off of M.L.King Blvd. early this morning.
Photo by Dan Henry.
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    A building at 326 Martin Luther King Blvd., partially collapsed this morning onto adjacent buildings. Officials at the scene said there didn’t believe anyone was inside, but they could not be certain. The collapsed building had fallen against the building at 328 MLK, “Salon thirty-A.” Traffic on MLK has been rerouted.
    Photo by Ben Benton /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Emergency officials are on the scene this morning at 326 Martin Luther King Boulevard after a building collapsed on the south side of the road between King and Foster streets.

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    Earlier file photo from 2010 shows work as Tower Construction was aiming at rehabbing the building at 326 Martin Luther King Blvd.
    Photo by Laura-Chase McGehee /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Officals at the scene said they don’t believe anyone was inside, but they were not certain. The collapse was discovered around 8 a.m.

The building, which has no signs on it and appears not to have been occupied recently, collapsed at the rear on top of cars parked behind it and to the east.

On the east side of the 326 building, part of the two-story wall was leaning against the 328 building, “Salon thirty-A,” which did not appear to have serious damage yet.

Officials were blocking off King Boulevard, Fisher and King Streets as crews moved in around 8:45 a.m. to begin shoring up the collapsing structure.

Traffic is being rerouted.

about Ben Benton...

Ben Benton is a news reporter at the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He covers Southeast Tennessee and previously covered North Georgia education. Ben has worked at the Times Free Press since November 2005, first covering Bledsoe and Sequatchie counties and later adding Marion, Grundy and other counties in the northern and western edges of the region to his coverage. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Tenn., a graduate of Bradley Central High School. Benton ...

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