Ferry building collapses

MARTINS FERRY – During Wednesday’s city council meeting, Councilman Chris Cleary brought up the issue of a partially collapsed building at Dehass Street.

Earlier this week, the second floor and right side of the house collapsed. The building had been damaged by a fire this past February and has further degenerated.

The brick building is three stories and contains about five apartments. A collapse poses a significant danger to nearby structures.

The owner has been contacted and has stated he did not have the finances to demolish the structure but is trying to arrange payments to a demolition company. Back taxes are owed on the building.

The cost of taking down the structure is estimated at more than $10,000. The city could be turned over to the collection agency.

The alley has been closed off to guard pedestrians who might be struck by falling bricks.

Cleary inquired if the city could require that people obtain fire insurance. Council will consult with the fire department and the building inspector.

DeFrank can be reached at rdefrank@timesleaderonline.com