York City fire and codes officials condemned this two-unit apartment building at 327 E. Philadelphia St. after an SUV crashed into it on Monday, Feb. 24,
York City fire and codes officials condemned this two-unit apartment building at 327 E. Philadelphia St. after an SUV crashed into it on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014. (John A. Pavoncello)

No one was hurt Monday when an SUV crashed into a York City apartment building, forcing city officials to condemn the structure.

York City Assistant Fire Chief Pat Rose said it happened about 10:45 a.m. at 327 E. Philadelphia Street, a two-unit apartment building owned by Jay and Penny Zech. The Zechs also own Gung Ho Bikes on the Susquehanna Trail just off Route 30.

A man told officials he was pulling out of a parking stop when his foot slipped off the brake and depressed the accelerator of his Ford Expedition, according to Rose.

"He lost control and crashed into a parked car, which happened to be his own second vehicle," Rose said. The second vehicle was pushed up onto the curb, he said.

No one inside: The Expedition went onto the curb and crashed into the three-story brick apartment building, Rose said.

"Fortunately, no one was inside either apartment at the time, so no one inside was injured," he said.

York City Police identified the driver as Douglas Kelly, 35, who lives in the block. He is being cited for failing to keep his vehicle within a traffic lane, according to Sgt. Dan Aikey.

Kelly suffered minor injuries but declined treatment at the scene, Rose said.

"We did condemn the building ... until repairs can be made," he said. "The owners are going to have to get it shored up."

Wall breached: The force of the impact pushed in the building's exterior wall at least 2 feet, according to Rose, and parts of the ceiling came down.

Much of what fell is being held up by the door, he said.

The Zechs are insured, Rose said.

Traffic in that block of East Philadelphia Street was reduced to one lane for between 90 minutes and two hours, he said.

About 3:30 p.m. Monday, Jay Zech told The York Dispatch that a structural engineer was inspecting the site.

"The city, as well as us, want to make sure it's not going to fall down and hurt somebody," he said.

'Big inconvenience': The bottom line is that no one was hurt, the landlord said.

Jay Zech said the plan is to fix the building quickly so the tenants can return home as soon as possible.

"It's a big inconvenience for them," he said.

But it won't be a quick fix, and York City officials informed him utilities can't be turned back on until the entire building has been repaired, Zech said.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com.