ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – Investigators are trying to determine if high winds caused a building collapse that trapped two people, including a woman who had to be rescued in north St. Louis on Thursday.
Fire Capt. Dan Sutter says the building in the 1300 block of N. Garrison collapsed onto another three-story building.
The victim says she was on the computer when she felt the building shake and heard a loud noise.
She called the fire department and when they arrived they saw part of the building had collapsed.
The first crew to arrive immediately called for a task force trained to handle collapsed building rescues, but decided the building was too unstable and could not wait.
Firefighters used a ladder to rescue the woman through a window, but then a nearby wall collapsed.
Fire fighters then pulled the trapped woman out through a second-floor window.
She declined medical treatment.
After the rescue, two more sections of building collapsed.
According to the victim, the building was built in 1890’s. She said her grandmother used to own the building and operated a grocery store called Tilley’s Food Shop from 1948 to 1988. She and her husband had been trying to raise money to stabilize the building and had applied to have it placed on the list of National Historic Places.
Authorities confirmed there was a second building collapse at 2931 Virginia in south St. Louis. The building, which was built in the 1890’s, was unoccupied.
Wintry weather blew into the St. Louis region Thursday with strong wind gusts accompanied by mostly light but blowing snow.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.