Building in downtown Tipp City showing signs of “imminent collapse,” road closed until further notice

Building in downtown Tipp City showing signs of “imminent collapse,” road closed until further notice

TIPP CITY — UPDATE 6/29 at 12:45 p.m.

Tipp City police report that a “safe zone” has been established around a vacant building downtown, as it is showing signs of “imminent collapse.”

On Sunday, a citizen reported what he believed to be a building collapse, and crews found that the building had suffered significant structural damage (but was still standing).

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The vacant building is used exclusively for storage, and there were no injuries in the incident, Assistant Chief David Stockler said in a release.

Due to the risk of the building collapsing further, E Main Street (St. Rt. 571) is closed until further notice from First Street to state Route 202.

FIRST REPORT

Emergency crews are responding to a report of a building collapse in the historic area of downtown Tipp City.

The building is located next to the old Buggy Whip Factory on East Main Street and across from the old Tipp Roller Mill.

The fire department is working to survey the damage on the roof of the building, according to initial scanner reports.

The building has not fully collapsed, but the road is closed in the area.

Photo of the buggy whip factory, courtesy from Historic Downtown Tipp City, Ohio established 1840.
Photo of the buggy whip factory, courtesy from Historic Downtown Tipp City, Ohio established 1840.

Initial reports indicate a person was passing by the building when they heard a large crash and believed the building was collapsing.

Ohio Department of Transportation has closed state routes 202 and 571 to the east side into Tipp City to through traffic for an indefinite period of time. Traffic on the west side of the scene is also closed at East Main Street and First Street.

WHIO has crews on scene. We’ll update this story with more information as it becomes available.