|By Kelley Christensen, The Montana Standard, Butte|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
The warehouse was built in 1920 and once housed a refrigeration company. Much of its south-facing wall collapsed shortly after
Barricades have been erected around the structure.
"It looks unlikely that any more substantial pieces of that building will collapse," Schultz said. "But we can't know that for certain. We have barricaded off the street to keep people away from the building in case there are additional problems."
Schultz said he inspected the building Saturday morning and thought that perhaps plugged roof drains that allowed water to build up on the roof caused the building to collapse, but the building's owner,
"I was on the roof yesterday. The foundation failed. There was no roof drain plugged," Lynch said. "I didn't see any other signs of this happening other than the foundation was sinking into the ground. The foundation has been deteriorating since the
Lynch said no repairs were made to the warehouse building because of pending litigation between him and
The building has been vacant since the 1980s. It is also scheduled to be auctioned off by the county later this year because it is four years tax delinquent.
Lynch said he plans to pay the taxes, which total more than
"It's a shame to see a building uptown to get torn down and tossed in the landfill," he said. "I'm saddened by the loss of the building. I go out of my way to preserve these old buildings."
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