The Vacant Royal Hotel partially collapses in Excelsior Springs
EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, Missouri – Excelsior Springs police closed several roads and sidewalks Wednesday after a vacant hotel partially collapsed.
The Royal Hotel began to collapse at the south corner of River Street, police said. It happened around 3 p.m.
A city spokesperson said the historic building lost bricks on May 21 and city staff worked with the developer, Royal Hotel Properties, to stabilize the building and begin partial demolition before the collapse Wednesday partial.
The city said the problem was caused by “years of water seeping into the building through the roof.”
The neighboring businesses and apartments of South Street are evacuated. No one was hurt.
The following streets and sidewalks within 50 feet are closed: Thompson and River, Thompson and South, Marietta and South, River and Marietta, Marietta and Farris.
Police are asking everyone to avoid the area and adapt their routes accordingly.
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