ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Emergency crews are on the scene of a partial collapse of a five story building at the landing in downtown St. Louis. The building is the home to the Drunken Fish and other restaurants.
Witnesses say bricks have fallen off most of the southern face of the building located in the 600 block of north 2nd Street. People standing on the MetroLink platform can see into offices in the building. Water from pipes is spraying down the side of the building.
All five floors have collapsed. The first few floors were occupied. Everyone is accounted for and there are no injuries reported. No one is missing to best of the Fire Department’s knowledge.
Construction crews may have been working on tuckpointing on the windows. The Fire Department does not know the exact cause of the collapse at this time.
The building is now under the control of St Louis Fire Department.
Late Wednesday evening the St. Louis Building Division Chief said they were close to figuring out what caused a part of the building to collapse, but didn’t want to go public till a structural engineering report is completed within a few days.
The collapse did involve part of the Metrolink station. That station is closed now and Metro is now single tracking passengers between 5th & Missouri station and the Stadium station. The Blue line MetroLink trains are operating only between the Shrewsbury-Lansdowne I-44 and Forest Park-DeBaliviere MetroLink Stations. There is no Blue line service east of the Forest Park-DeBaliviere MetroLink Station.
Passenger can expect delays of up to 45 minutes.