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Berwick Building Collapse Remains Under Investigation

As it appeared on WBRE

By Andy Mehalshick

(WBRE/WYOU-TV) – We are learning new information about the building that partially collapsed in downtown Berwick on Wednesday afternoon. Demolition of the building will begin Friday Morning.

Four people were injured when the bricks began to fall. We still don’t know what caused the collapse. But, we now have an idea about when the city will begin demolition on the building.

“Obviously buildings just don’t fall on cars every single solitary day. So there has to be a reason why,” said Attorney Ed Ciarimboli.

And the search for the reason “why” delayed the possible demolition of this building. Attorney Ed Ciarimboli represents the family of the woman and her 17-year-old daughter injured when debris crashed onto their SUV. He obtained a court order halting the demolition–until their own engineers could inspect the building.

“What we are looking at is the structural integrity of the building. We want to look at things on the inside, not only on the outside. How bad is it?” he explained.

Borough engineers are also taking a look at the structure. All the while several streets in the downtown remain closed. Making for big-time traffic tie-ups. “Everybody is backed up. I saw two accident almost happen here already,” noted Cliff Kishbaugh.

Mayor Tom Burke explained, “Our goal is to get back to normal as quickly as we can. We’ve been working with PennDOT to make things work.”

Ciarimboli asked that people keep the family in their thoughts and prayers. They need your prayers. Certainly, need your prayers. It’s a very difficult time for them (with) very serious injuries, very significant injuries.”

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