Vacant building collapses in Richmond

A vacant building collapsed Thursday night in Richmond, bringing emergency crews from throughout the valley to the north Cache town and knocking down some power lines while shutting down U.S. Highway 91 for a time. The building, located at 15 S. 200 West, collapsed just before 7 p.m., Cache County Sheriff’s Lt. Chad Jensen said. A sheriff’s deputy was in the parking lot of the Maverik country store just north of the building collapse at the time and called the collapsed building in. The building was owned by Maverik and was described as “very old” by Jensen. The cause of the collapse was unknown, but the owners were reportedly in the process of getting permits to demolish the building. Sheriff’s officials shut down southbound U.S. 91 for a time and also briefly shut down northbound traffic to help make the area quiet for crews at the scene. Fire crews from the north end of the valley were called to respond to the scene, and Logan Fire Department’s HAZMAT unit and technical rescue unit also reportedly were responding. “It does not appear anything suspicious was involved in the incident,” Jensen said. “It is unknown at this time the dollar amount of the damage.”

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