Akron Fire and Police were called to the scene of a partial building collapse Wednesday afternoon, that closed North Main Street in both directions near Cuyahoga Falls Avenue.
Akron Fire Captain Charles Twigg says that the front facade parapet of the building at 800 North Main Street collapsed onto the sidewalk and street below, prompting the evacuation of the building.
"So we ended up breaching a wall in between the two businesses, and moved (those being evacuated) south one business," Capt. Twigg, the incident commander, tells AkronNewsNow.com, "and then we took out an air conditioner and had them climb out through a rear wall to get everyone out safe."
The building is home to a tattoo parlor, a cell phone store and a tax business, in addition to upstairs apartments.
Capt. Twigg says the building had been set for construction work on Thursday. That construction company is instead removing loose or dangerous mortar and brick still hanging from the building.
Akron police said late Wednesday afternoon that North Main Street was still closed between Cuyahoga Falls Avenue and Frances Avenue for safety.
(Earlier ANN coverage) Akron Police and firefighters are on the scene of a partial building collapse in the 700 block of North Main Street. Akron fire officials tell AkronNewsNow that the building housing a tattoo parlor, cell phone store, and a tax business is being evacuated. The building also has apartments on its upper floors. Part of the building's facade fell on to the street.
So far no injuries have been reported.