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Work begins at site of partial collapse in Waynesboro

April 12, 2007|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Repair work has begun at an East Main Street building that partially collapsed in November 2006.

CW Builders of Waynesboro was clearing debris from the basement of 29 E. Main St., a former coin-operated laundry, beginning at 8 a.m. Wednesday, said Corey Woodring, son of CW Builders owner Carroll Woodring.

"The way my father was talking, we're going to be down there digging for weeks," Corey Woodring said.

He said the basement is filled with mud and large rocks.

Workers were carrying the mess out in buckets, dumping it into an earth mover and driving the material to a Dumpster on Center Square.

Mike Cermak Sr., an inspector with Accredited Services, has said the building's owners, listed as Heberto Gutierez/Heberto Ortiz, did not have a permit for excavation work in the basement. That work, combined with inclement weather, led to a wall's collapse.

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The early-morning collapse temporarily displaced approximately two dozen people who lived in neighboring buildings.

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