Two residents, dogs evacuated after York City rowhouse partially collapses

Ron Musselman
York Dispatch
North Belvidere Avenue will be closed until further notice due to a partial building collapse, Monday, January 6, 2020. The building, 666 W. Philadelphia Street, suffered a structural failure and a two-story crack appeared leaving a large pile of bricks on the sidewalk.
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Two residents and a few dogs were evacuated after a rowhouse wall partially collapsed Monday night in York City, spilling bricks onto the sidewalk.

York City Fire Chief Chad Deardorff said Tuesday morning a small portion of North Belvidere Avenue "will remain closed for an extended period of time."

A two-story crack in the building, located at 666 W. Philadelphia St., left a large pile of bricks on the sidewalk just before 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan 6.

“There was a partial collapse when firefighters got there, but then there were additional signs of a collapse, so we evacuated two residents and some dogs,” Deardorff said  Tuesday, Jan. 7.

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Deardorff said the stretch from Clark Avenue to Philadelphia Street on North Belvidere is closed. As of 2 p.m. Tuesday, the road remained closed. 

It was unclear Tuesday morning if the rest of the building was structurally sound, Deardorff said. 

Utilities had been cut off at the rowhouse, and a building code official was called to determine the cause of the collapse as well as the future of the structure.

Lisa Landis, a spokeswoman for the local Red Cross, said the organization had not been contacted to assist the two displaced residents as of 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

A portion of North Belvidere Avenue is closed for an indefinite period of time after a  partial collapse of a rowhouse Monday, Jan. 6.