Owners of Irvington antique store relieved no one was hurt after roof collapse


Scene of collapse on Sept. 19, 2016

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Emergency crews closed down streets after a roof collapsed at a business in the Irvington area.

The partial building collapse happened at Washington Street and Ritter Avenue early Monday morning. The area is being blocked off to traffic and pedestrians.

Part of the store’s roof collapsed, landing on the sidewalk and street. Photos from the scene showed bricks and other debris on the ground in front of the business.

Jack and Jill Lashbrook said the building was constructed in 1913 and was the State Bank of Irvington during one point. They bought it in 1999.

“Evidently water must’ve pooled up in that front corner over here and then the weight of it blew out the whole front top cap. Until the structure [investigators] get here, we won’t know for sure,” Jack Lashbrook said.

“It’s devastating to us. We’ve had a couple cars run into it [in the past], but nothing like this,” Jill Lashbrook said. “The fireman called us and told us it just collapsed, and we couldn’t understand what could have happened. The building’s in good shape. It’s taken care of.”

Jack Lashbrook said he planned to retire in January and was getting ready to lease the building out. He’s thankful no one was hurt.

“We’re very blessed. No one got hurt. Our stuff’s just stuff. If anything’s damaged, we’ll move on from here. The Lord will take care of us,” he said.

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