The bodies of three residents who lived in the apartment building that collapsed in Davenport, Iowa, were found over the weekend. On Saturday, 42-year-old Branden Colvin’s body was found in the rubble; and the bodies of 51-year-old Ryan Hitchcock and 60-year-old Daniel Prien were recovered on Sunday.
Officials initially planned to demolish the building at 324 Main St. swiftly after it partially collapsed on May 28, and rescuers said there were no credible reports of any missing persons at that time. However last Tuesday, the city halted plans to demolish the partially collapsed building because at least five residents were missing. Rescuers would go on to save more than a dozen people, as well as several pets, from the six-story structure. Of the five missing residents, two had been accounted for before discovering the bodies of the remaining three.
A structural engineer from Select Structural Engineering in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, investigated the building on Feb. 2 and discovered a “localized area of brick [that] is cracked and crumbling” on the exterior wall on the west side of the building. Reports dating Feb. 8 said of the west wall crumbling “this engineer determined that this is not an imminent threat to the building or its residents, but structural repairs will be necessary.” During a second inspection later that month, the same engineer, said “the mason pointed out that the area immediately to the north of the work area has a large and potentially dangerous void beneath the facade wythe of clay brick.”
The 16,200-square foot, 79-unit mixed-use complex was purchased in June 2021 by Davenport Hotel LLC., owned by Andrew Wold. Wold has been fined $300 and a $95 court fee for failing to maintain a “safe, sanitary, and structurally sound” property.
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