Waukesha Fire Department orders evacuation of 3 buildings due to condo's 'imminent threat of collapse'
WAUKESHA, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Dozens of people in Waukesha are displaced after a six-story condo building was evacuated because of concerns it could collapse.
Thursday evening the Horizon West Condominium Building located at 315 N. West Ave. was deemed structurally unsound. The city's news release cited an independent structural engineering report that blamed the compromised conditions of existing structural columns.
Fire and police crews went door-to-door to make sure people got out.
People who live there are unsure of what's next. Alicia Halvensleben said, "One of the officers let me know there's something about a center beam that is no longer structurally sound, which I take to mean I don't know if we'll be able to go back."
Alicia was buying a new car when she got the call her building was being evacuated.
Alicia said her first thoughts were, "Will I be able to work, will I have clothes tomorrow, will I be able to brush my teeth. The very basic things. The trivial stuff is still in there, and I don't know if I'll get it back."
She left the sale and rushed home, one of dozens of people given 15 minutes to grab what they could and get out.
She said, "We have a lot of younger families, we have empty nesters, people who are retired, some who had to be pulled out on wheelchairs and whatnot, so I'm sure there are some people who really struggled to get their stuff together because physically they couldn't run around their house the way I was jogging up the stairs."
Building appears to be six stories tall, several units still have lights on. Three city buses are lined up outside the barricades, presumably to transport residents. It’s quiet here, no sirens and no panic. We have not seen anyone come out yet in the few minutes since we arrived pic.twitter.com/c1bpUKpQbr— Adam Rife (@AdamRifeReports) December 3, 2021
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