Man killed in building collapse on Detroit’s west side

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

Detroit — One man was killed and one injured, police said, when a building collapsed Wednesday on the city’s west side.

Detroit police interview witnesses of a building collapse on Burgess near Fenkell in Detroit, May 11, 2016.

The incident happened about 5:15 p.m. at a building on the corner of Fenkell and Burgess. A wall and a large portion of the roof collapsed.

Nearby resident Willie Gantt said he was working at a funeral home across the street when he heard a loud boom. He said he saw men running out of the building with at least one of them trapped in the rubble.

Gantt said the men who escaped ran back to pull their friend from under the bricks. The man who died was 40, as well as the injured man, police said.

“I ran over and asked if they needed me to call the ambulance,” he said.

One man could be seen sitting on a nearby curb with white bandages on his head, talking on a cellphone.

According to police, the building is owned by a church.

Gantt said the men were working to improve the building, a former car wash and the exterior was recently painted. Nearby, in addition to the funeral home, are a motorcycle club and a church.

“This was an eyesore over 10 days ago,” Gantt said. “Unfortunately for this, their efforts were in vain.”

An injured man talks on the phone near the site of a building collapse near Fenkell and Burgess in Detroit May 11, 2016.

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