Mizzou hires firm to inspect 1,300 buildings after firefighter's death

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on February 27, 2014 at 9:45 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 28 at 7:49 AM

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The University of Missouri has hired an engineering company to inspect all of its buildings after a walkway collapsed at a university-run apartment complex last week, killing a firefighter.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1jDUT1E ) the university hired the firm, Trabue, Hansen & Hinshaw Inc., to inspect 1,300 campus buildings, including storage facilities. University spokesman Christian Basi says the university isn't giving the company a deadline for completing the inspections.

John Smith, a structural engineer with the firm, says the buildings on the list are all across the state, including farms and university extension offices.

Lt. Bruce Britt was on the second-floor walkway of University Village Apartments when the walkway collapsed Saturday morning. Britt, a 23-year veteran of the force, was pronounced dead at a hospital. No residents were injured.

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