Apartment Collapse Update

Apartment Collapse Update
By: CJ Cassidy

Cape Girardeau, MO - There is s

till no word on the fate of an apartment building that partially collapsed in
C
ape
G
irardeau.

The Tuesday morning collapse stunned residents who live near Themis and Ellis Streets, where the building stands.

The building was condemned, so now it's up to the owner, Ann Morales, to decide if she should tear it down or spend money and renovate it.

Morales hopes her insurance company helps her figure out the answer.

In the meantime, the collapse leaves her and her tenant scrambling to pick up the pieces.

"I went holy cow! What am I going to do now?"

T
hat's how
T
re
W
allhausen reacted when he saw the place he called home for twelve years
,
crumbling before him.

T
he sole
occupant, W
allhausen was at work when firefighters say part of the top wall gave way, bringing down the front porch and bay window with it.

F
ire crews escorted
W
allhausen inside his apartment for a few minutes to grab some valuables
;
but with the building condemned
,
he now stands very little chance of getting the rest of his property out.

"T
hey told me if
I
'm going in
,
it's going to be in short bursts
. I
t needs to be somebody outside watching to make sure it doesn't collapse
," Wallhausen says.

"I
've been worried about
T
re.
O
f course
I
'd hope my insurance would cover that
," Morales says.

M
orales
also
has her own insurance issues..

S
he says her company accidentally cancelled her policy
,
so now she must resolve that problem before she decides what to do with the building.

"T
he insurance company say
s
at this point if it's anything to do with decay or collapse insurance doesn't cover that.
I
'm just appalled
and I
don't know what to do.
T
hat's what you pay for all these years
," Morales says from her home in South Carolina.

A
s for
W
allhausen
,
he just wants his most prized possession back
:
his pet cat
,
M
arvin
, who
disappeared soon after the collapse.

"I
f
I
could get him back
,
I
don't care too much about the rest of it
," Wallhausen says.

T

he streets around the building are still partially blocked off.

F
irefighters and city leaders hope to be able to open them up to traffic once the complex is either torn down or rendered safe.

I
n the meantime
,
it's still considered a danger zone and police ask you not to cross the barricade.