Roof of downtown Texarkana building crumbles

Texarkana News

The roof of the Regency House collapsed in downtown Texarkana, Arkansas collapsed Wednesday afternoon. (Photo: Courtesy: Emily Graham)

TEXARKANA, Ark. (KTAL/KMSS) – The roof of a building in downtown Texarkana, Arkansas collapsed around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

City public works employees have blocked one lane of Broad St. in front of the four-story Regency House building after some of the roof collapsed onto the sidewalk below.  No injuries are reported.

Fire officials said the structure has been condemned for about 15 years and was unoccupied. “Pieces of it have fallen in the past, but not out like this. And looking at this, we really think it’ll probably fall inwards, just to be extra cautious, we don’t want anyone to get hurt or any more property damage, that’s why we’re blocking the lanes,” said Texarkana, Ark. Battalion Chief William Smith.

Public Works Director Tyler Richards said a portion of the roof has caved in before, but the structure was deemed stable. He said the front wall of the building has now apparently become unstable and it’s time to take action. “We’ll get with the property owners, we’ll get with the state and determine how to get this building down and into a safe condition,” Richards said.

Officials said the road will likely be blocked off for a couple of weeks or longer.

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