Two workers survive 30-foot fall in Midtown building collapse

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ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Demolition workers almost lost their lives Friday when a three-story building in Midtown partially collapsed – with them standing on top of it.

The former apartment building is located on West Pine near Vandeventer. It was being torn down just after 11 a.m. when the front wall and part of the roof came crashing down below. Two men were atop the roof, trying to salvage bricks.

One man ended up buried under bricks on the first floor. The other man was buried in the basement.

And it not for a lot of help and plenty of luck, the story might have had a very different ending.

Remarkably, neither man was seriously injured. They were both able to walk away from the scene of the collapse under their own power.

City building inspectors and representatives from OSHA each visited the site Friday morning.

Workers are speculating the weight of the bricks was too much for the front wall because it had too many large windows, which some believe were added to the house decades after it had been built.

Bellon Wrecking, the company contracted to do the demolition, had no comment on the incident.

Workers were taken to an area hospital and are being treated for their injuries.  The cause of the collapse is under investigation.

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