Partial Massillon building collapse closes section of downtown road

Published: Jan. 19, 2023 at 7:19 AM EST
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MASSILLON, Ohio (WOIO) - The city of Massillon has temporarily closed a section of Lincoln Way, between Third Street SE and First Street SW, after a partial building collapse.

A detour route has been posted for drivers to follow, according to a Facebook post from the city.

Lincoln Way will be CLOSED from 3rd ST SE to 1st ST SW effective immediately and until further notice. Please follow the posted detour signs.

Posted by City of Massillon-City Hall on Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Director of Safety and Service, Barbara Sylvester, told 19 News several buildings, 14 and 20 Lincoln Way, are ordered for emergency demolition.

According to Sylvester, the fire chief and chief building inspector declared the buildings in imminent danger of collapse.

“All actions taken for public safety,” Sylvester said.

The back walls of the buildings fell Friday, officials said, and the area was secured immediately.

This is a developing story. Return to 19 News for updates.